Musing over Namespaces
Clark C. Evans
clark.evans at manhattanproject.com
Wed Dec 15 04:01:28 GMT 1999
Are namespaces just a modern way to handle
inter-woven document type definitions?
BTW, what ever happened to architectural forms
and how is this related?
> Yes, and that's the natural *second* stage of standards development:
> first you allow innovation, then you figure out what to standardize.
> So you start with
> and then you bring everyone together for a while, bash heads, and hope
> that you end up with
> It's messy, but it's the only standards path that really seems to
> work. At least with Namespaces we can remove 50% of the messiness
> (there's no chance of confusing different party's extensions) on the
> way to standards Nirvana.
This sounds reasonable; where the ecommerse-coop.org
acts like the "OED" previously mentioned...
It'd still be nice to have a single database with
everyone's namespace definitions in one place though...
perhaps even a DTD to help describe them. I'm sure
there are organizations doing this... are there?
> I'm going to write a paper with a catchy title on this topic some day,
> so that I can make US$45M like Eric Raymond just did from "The
> Cathedral and the Bazaar."
Good luck. Eric is a great writer, and a pretty
good speaker to boot. More than that, he is
definately _not_ slick... if he was the nerd
population would have cast him aside. And to
put icing on the cake, if you corner him for
a personal chat, he is an extremely likeable
fella. Not to mention his wonderful
stories (regarless as to how true they are).
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