Lexicographic fun with namespaces (really)

Tim Bray tbray at textuality.com
Mon Aug 9 23:11:51 BST 1999

In a previous life, I did a bunch of work with the Oxford English Dictionary.
They now have a nice web site (http://www.oed.com).  If you check out the
"What's new" link, there's an appeal for word citations for the next big rev 
of the dictionary.

I was bemused to discover that the word "namespace" does not appear in the 
OED or its "Shorter" (and somewhat more recent) sibling.  I have gleefully 
submitted a reference from http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-xml-names, but obviously 
this is not the first time the word "namespace" was ever used.   The OED
editors care (a lot) about finding the first time a word is used.  And if 
this crowd can't find that first citation, nobody can.  It'd be in either 
the theory literature on either programming languages or DBMS one would 
think, right?   So... I'll buy a really good dinner at the next conference 
or other opportunity for the astute individual who finds (and submits to the 
OED) the earliest credible published reference to the word "namespace".  
Have at it.  -Tim

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