SGML/XML 98 Paris, another take

MURATA Makoto murata at
Tue May 26 10:10:55 BST 1998

Simon North wrote:
> Namespaces: no-one is happy about namespaces. Maybe I should leave it 
> to Jon himself to speak his piece, but in the panel session on the 
> current status of the standards (SGML + XML) he said that XML was 
> almost stopped in its tracks by the W3C because other working groups 
> claimed that the XML group was not giving them what they needed. 
> Namespaces was more or less forced on them (he didn't actually say 
> the words 'ad hoc solution' but that was the flavour) and there are 
> a lot of problems with it.  

I am quite happy with the current working draft of the namespace mechanism.  
Although I am not entirely happy, I would say I am happier with the namespace 
than I am with XML 1.0.  It is true that many issues are remaining and they are 
left to the schema extension, but the namespace extension is a great step, 
as I see it.

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