Namespaces and Parsers

Paul Prescod papresco at
Wed Jun 3 15:23:15 BST 1998

Peter Murray-Rust wrote:
>         - Xpointers. This is more serious. XPointers locate elements and
> attributes by the occurrence of QNames in the document. Thus
>         descendant(1,FOO:foo)
> will *not* find anything in our example instance. Since 'most people' agree
> that the prefix has no formal standing, perhaps XPointer V2.0 (or even the
> latest revision) could allow UniversalName substitution. I think this would
> be extremely valuable and do not see any serious downside (given that we
> are implementing namespaces anyway).

XPointers, XSL, XSchema and most other XML processing specs will have to
be updated to be namespace aware. This should probably done in version 1.0
of those specs. That explains the urgency of the namespace proposal.

 Paul Prescod  -

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Unproven algorithms, and self-modifying code

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