Namespaces and XML validation

David Megginson david at
Sun Aug 9 13:04:25 BST 1998

Charles Frankston writes:

 > Yes, David, but you're taking me somewhat too literally here (this
 > is what I meant about being "insufficiently imaginative").  If I
 > rephrased what I wrote as:
 > "It is not too hard to evolve the concept of today's DTD validation
 > to support two part locally scoped names (including the default
 > prefix)."
 > Would you still disagree with it?

Not at all -- the thing to remember, though, is that the first
generation of XML tools is just now working its way towards (or into)
the channels, and that these are based on XML 1.0.  For at least a
year, it may be necessary to use these tools to create and process
documents that use namespaces.

For personal use, of course, I can write whatever I need in Java or
Perl in a couple of hours, and can many XML-Dev'ers -- our software
development cycle is measured in hours and days rather than months and
years.  It's the people who need shrink-wrapped XML software that will
have the problem.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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