More on Namespaces (also long, but also optimistic)

John Cowan cowan at
Mon Aug 17 17:57:52 BST 1998

Charles Reitzel wrote:

> o       Namespaces

Because the development of XML-related standards isn't open
(you gotta pay $$$$ to play), nobody's likely to listen to your
idea, which is essentially that of the (current - 1)th namespace draft.

> o       Expanded Names
> The issue of expanded names reminds me a great deal of C++ name mangling.
> The C++ committee chose not to standardize mangled names.  Consequently, it
> is impossible to link libraries compiled by different libraries.

That was intentional, since different compilers use different callling
conventions anyhow.

> As an aside, the stylesheet processor might want to match by prefix, which
> would insulate documents from changes in the namespace ID, which might
> change to reflect DTD version changes.

Maybe so.

> is starting to look like Schema-of-the-Month Club.

The stuff they're publishing is Notes, which means "neat ideas by
members; W3C doesn't endorse them in any way."

> I am
> confused about where things are going.

So say we all (except perhaps people who are constrained by W3C
confidentiality from saying anything).

John Cowan		cowan at
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