"Name Spaces in XML" is released

Peter Murray-Rust peter at ursus.demon.co.uk
Thu Jan 29 09:22:50 GMT 1998

Forwarded from Dan Connolly of the W3C about namespaces. It's very nice to
have this publicly.

Note that this is a NOTE; there are formal discussions taking place
elsewhere as part of the W3C process. If XML-DEV members have views on the
final form of XML-name (or whatever the final syntax is), they should be
directed to the appropriate organs; XML-DEV is not an appropriate forum. We
should confine ourselves to implementation issues (i.e. "in names-0119 it
says X. How do I implement this?" is appropriate ("I have built a freely
available prototype" is also good :-), but "I think it would be better if
they did Y" is likely to lead to prolonged discussions unrelated to

There are now several publicly announced drafts (XLL, XSL, XML-data,
XML-names)  all of which are of great interest to members of this list. It
would be very useful if any member of appropriate WGs could let us know the
timescales, if any, associated with these projects. 


>From: Dan Connolly <connolly at w3.org>
>Organization: World Wide Web Consortium (http://www.w3.org/)
>To: w3c-xml-sig at w3.org
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>Subject: "Name Spaces in XML" is released
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>We're in the last administrative throws of updating the
>http://www.w3.org/TR/ page, but the document
>is publicly available.
>Feel free to announce this on xml-dev, comp.text.sgml, and
>other public forums.
>Name Spaces in XML 
>     World Wide Web Consortium Note
>                19-January-1998 
>This version: 
>     http://www.w3.org/TR/1998/NOTE-xml-names-0119
>     http://www.w3.org/TR/1998/NOTE-xml-names-0119.xml
>     http://www.w3.org/TR/1998/NOTE-xml-names-0119.html
>Latest Version: 
>     http://www.w3.org/TR/1998/NOTE-xml-names 
>     Tim Bray (Textuality and Netscape)
>     <tbray at textuality.com> 
>     Dave Hollander (Hewlett-Packard Company)
>     <dmh at corp.hp.com> 
>     Andrew Layman (Microsoft)
>     <andrewl at microsoft.com> 
>Status of this document 
>This document is a NOTE made available by the W3
>Consortium for discussion only. This indicates no
>endorsement of its content, nor that the Consortium
>has, is, or will be allocating any resources to the
>issues addressed by the NOTE. 
>This work is part of the W3C XML Activity. 
>The XML WG solicits comments from W3C member
>companies and W3C working groups that use the
>namespace mechanism described in this Note. In
>particular, comments on open issues are very
>welcome, and should be sent to the editors. 
>XML Namespaces is a proposal for a simple method
>to be used for qualifying names used in Extensible
>Markup Language (XML) documents by associating
>them with schemas, identified by URI. 
Peter Murray-Rust, Director Virtual School of Molecular Sciences, domestic
net connection
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