Why not PIs for namespace declarations?

Simon St.Laurent simonstl at simonstl.com
Thu Dec 23 19:42:30 GMT 1999

At 02:17 PM 12/23/99 -0500, David Megginson wrote:
>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.

And here I thought it was that processing instructions give the W3C a
mysterious rash.  Good to know, though!

Happy Holidays, all!

Simon St.Laurent
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