Why not PIs for namespace declarations?

David Megginson david at megginson.com
Thu Dec 23 19:18:54 GMT 1999

"Clark C. Evans" <clark.evans at manhattanproject.com> writes:

> Yet another fundamental question... any insight would be greatly
> apprechiated!

There are a lot of answers to this question, but in the end, the real
argument was that PIs cause display problems in level-3 and level-4
HTML browsers, and some influential parties [1] had a strong interest
in being able to write HTML+XML documents that, by various sorts of
lexical trickery, could still be displayed in XML-oblivious browsers
like Netscape 3.

Yes, I know everything you're going to say, and I probably agree with
all of it.  I've written a couple of Namespace filters, and they'd be
*much* easier if all Namespace declarations appeared in the prolog.

All the best,


[1] Who those parties were is confidential, but they were not the Big 
    Evil Companies.

David Megginson                 david at megginson.com

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