Namespaces from where?

John Cowan cowan at
Thu Sep 17 23:26:50 BST 1998

Simon St.Laurent wrote:

> 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.

Search for "namespace".
Basically, the old PI-based system seems to have arrived full-blown
in the XML WG meeting of 1 October 1997.  xml:space existed before
this under the name -XML-SPACE.

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