Namespace Comments (and dtd encoding)

james anderson James.Anderson at
Wed Aug 5 10:19:31 BST 1998

Charles Frankston wrote:
> Mr. Anderson --
> To answer the first of your many questions:
> Yes, a syntax virtually identical to yours, that allowed multiple namespace
> declarations in a single attribute was considered.  The resulting syntactic
> problems swayed the WG away from that approach.  (Some of the issues -- you
> now need an internal quoting mechanism, or a careful proscription on the
> legal characters in a URI, in order to allow proper separation of the pairs.
> It gets even messier to come up with a syntax to declare the default
> prefix.)

xml is already sufficiently baroque, that i can only presume that this was not
the deciding argument. :)

> I couldn't understand most of the rest of your questions.

i surmise (from the timestamp on your message) that you are actually refering
here to my other posting re dtd encoding...

if the questions were not understandable, then i must have misunderstood
something basic about the draft's intentions. let my try again by simply
posing the open question:

could someone please post a "complete document" (that is including a dtd) for
the third example in section 5 of the draft (the one with the root element "bk:book")?


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