Namespace Processing Hints and Rant on Scoping/Defaulting

MURATA Makoto murata at
Wed Aug 12 04:52:06 BST 1998

David Megginson wrote:
> That said, I still really HATE the new declaration namespace syntax
> and the scoping/defaulting, but for reasons other than the problem of
> DTD validation: the whole thing reminds me too much of my first early
> experiences with BASIC, assembly language, etc., when people were
> writing giant, monolithic programs to avoid the supposed overhead of
> function calls.  Today, some people want to build giant monolithic XML
> documents to avoid the supposed overhead of multiple HTTP fetches.

I agree on this feeling.  I also think that the new WD makes an 
XML document monolithic.  Since the namespace of an element can be 
declarared by any of its superiors, we can no longer "divide and 
conquer" XML documents.  (Fragment validation is no longer possible.)

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