Namespaces from where?

david at david at
Fri Sep 18 06:34:47 BST 1998

Simon St.Laurent writes:

 > 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.

You'll probably be able to trace the history on Robin Cover's XML Page 
(now at OASIS) -- I know that Andrew Layman had written something up,
and that there was a whole slew of namespace-like proposals floating
around last Summer.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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