Namespaces from where?

Simon St.Laurent simonstl at
Thu Sep 17 23:18:52 BST 1998

I'm writing about namespaces (sooner or later I get to write about
everything in XML, it seems), and I'm trying to figure out something
different about namespaces than the usual stuff we've been arguing about here.

If I may be so nosy, where did this idea come from?  It doesn't seem to
have come in as a NOTE, and so far as I know it lacks the usual SGML
ancestry.  Glimmerings of it are visible in the XML 1.0 spec (xml:lang and
xml:space), but otherwise it seems to have arrived fully born.

I'd love to know where this one came from... explaining these things
without some kind of story is difficult at best.

Simon St.Laurent
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