SAX2: Namespace proposal

Simon St.Laurent simonstl at
Sun Dec 19 13:50:48 GMT 1999

At 03:45 PM 12/18/99 -0500, David Megginson wrote:
>That said, I think that the best solution in SAX2 will be to allow
>either or both Namespace-qualified and raw XML names.  People seem to
>want both, and although I *strongly* disagree, DOM2 has decided to
>provide what should be irrelevant information about the original
>prefix used.

Despite David's irrational prejudice against prefixes (I'd like to be able
to round-trip documents through SAX), I think the proposal here does the
job nicely.

It'll satisfy the bizarre demands of the XLink folk that we use their
namespace on attributes any place we create links in our own documents,
without placing undue stress on programmers.  I think allowing for both
styles will make it much easier to handle the transition between eras that
we've been facing for nearly a year now, and might actually encourage more
people to use namespaces who hadn't been thus far.

Elegant, no, not completely.  But remember that worse is better is important!

Simon St.Laurent
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