Why not PIs for namespace declarations?
Clark C. Evans
clark.evans at manhattanproject.com
Thu Dec 23 21:57:33 GMT 1999
On Thu, 23 Dec 1999, Frank Boumphrey wrote:
> In fact if you look at the working Drafts you will see that
> namespaces used PI'sright up to the final recomendation!
Yes, sounds like a fast change of heart. The PI version even
made it into the XML Companion by Neil Bradley...
> 1. My understanding is that they were abandoned to allow scoping.
Yes. I had assumed (due to attributes being used) that
PIs were only valid in the prolog... now that David pointed
out that this was a bad assumption -- I'm quite puzzled.
> 2. A mecanism to not scope attributes was wanted.
Is this related to that "three name space partitions" stuff?
> 3. there was a general feeling that PI's were 'broken'
Now I'm wondering if it wouldn't be all that hard for parser's
to support both methods. As the PI version seems far cleaner.
<pre:element xmlns:pre="http//www.vehicles.org/dtds/v.dtd" />
<?xml:namespace href="http://www.vechicles.org/dtds/v.dtd" as="pre" ?>
Oh humm. Thank you all for your feedback!
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