Attributes with Intent (and namespaces)

MURATA Makoto murata at
Wed Jul 1 13:19:44 BST 1998

james anderson wrote:
> what is the advantage to leaving the articulation (URI x local) part open in
> this interface? why isn't the parameter an opaque object? i'm not sure what
> the application concern is, but, for the relations which occurred to me, there
> are better ways to do that than having to broaden all name-related interfaces.

The designer of a namespace merely provides a URI as well as element type 
names and attribute names.  They do not provide unique prefixes.  Prefixes 
within documents are merely local proxies.  It would be dead wrong for 
application programs to rely on prefixes.

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