More on Namespaces

len bullard cbullard at
Sat Aug 15 07:46:01 BST 1998

David Megginson wrote:
> I'm terrified of what will happen when
> it hits the webmasters.
> With the latest namespaces WD, however, XML can no longer fairly claim
> to be simpler or more transparent than SGML 

Ok.  But the average webmaster like the average Perl hacker like the 
average web user may all be mythical beasts.  We all have an idea what 
they are, but in fact, other requirements drive the design.  Winer says 
the designers are all scientists and not technologists, and there is a 
bit of truth to it.  I'm a content developer so I'm just waiting for
But as a content developer, whatever the schema mechanism, the colonized
must validate or I don't buy the toys.  Yes, when to use validation 
is process dependent, but it IS a fundamental functionality of using 
markup in production.

So, my question to the scientists is, will it validate?


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