Namespaces and URNs

Simon St.Laurent SimonStL at
Tue Aug 4 20:47:11 BST 1998

Peter Murray-Rust writes:
>Having developed 2 DTDs (CML and VHG) I need to know how to prepare URNs
>for them. It seems clear that anyone wishing to create a DTD which can be
>used for Namespaces has to buy/borrow a domain name. (I suppose they could
>buy an FPI instead, but since I already have domain names I'd prefer to
>stick with those).

Have to agree with this one completely.  The PURL space is pretty handy (info 
at, thanks to Dan Brickley again for pointing it out), but 
tends to be pretty long.  I can use ISBN's as well, but since there's no 
catalog for these things and no requirement that it point anyplace, I have a 
hard time feeling that these identifiers are reliable and/or meaningful.  I 
realize they don't have to be "reliable" or meaningful; I just wish they were 
given some kind of meaning I could use to find out more about a particular 

Simon St.Laurent
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