Musing over Namespaces
aray at q2.net
Wed Dec 15 23:18:37 GMT 1999
On Tue, 14 Dec 1999, Don Park wrote:
> Is it really a 'good thing' to have namespaces in XML?
Depends on whether a 'solution in search of a problem' can be a 'good
> What ill effect will it have on XML's future?
Wheels spinning madly in place?
> Why can't the semantic of '<name>' be determined purely by context?
Because names are instrumental. The real issue is whether the context is
> What is wrong with using just <html> to distinguish HTML's use of
> 'a' tag?
Because it's not about tags. It's about notations.
> Is the ability to inject attributes from other namespaces really useful?
Injection is not useful. Reference (or annotation) is useful.
> What is the positive effect of having just one namespace?
None. Each document is a name space.
> Why can't we have central registry of XML names?
I don't know if that's a good idea. We could be headed that way, though.
(i.e. "ownership" of names, as in, you gotta download my plugin to do
anything with this markup...)
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