Musing over Namespaces
Wdehora at cromwellmedia.co.uk
Wed Dec 15 09:17:11 GMT 1999
: I started with the question: "Why isn't there namespaces
: in normal languages like English?" A boring and divergent
I assume you mean 'natural languages'? Namespaces in natural languages would
be something like jargon, dialects or even idiolects.
: My answer was: massive fragmentation of society.
Like it's not fragged already.
: Is it really a 'good thing' to have namespaces in XML? What
: ill effect will it have on XML's future? Why can't the
: semantic of '<name>' be determined purely by context? What
: is wrong with using just <html> to distinguish HTML's use of
: 'a' tag? Is the ability to inject attributes from other
: namespaces really useful? What is the possitive effect of
: having just one namespace? Why can't we have central
: registry of XML names?
The semantics of <name> can't be determined by context because at the
moment, computers aren't good at context (that's why we do it for them by
giving them artificial namespaces). You can of course get a person to read
the mark-up and apply context to it.
As for a central registry, things like namespaces are perhaps best left to
Bill de hOra
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