Compound Documents - necessary for success?

Ronald Bourret rbourret at
Tue Feb 2 15:57:58 GMT 1999

Chris von See wrote:

> I may be showing my gross ignorance of both XML and namespaces here, but
> isn't this at least part of the problem that namespaces were meant to
> address? Granted, as Ron pointed out, a human still has to make the
> decision as to whether "<Height>" is relevant to "<Players>", but once
> there is agreement on what "height.dtd" represents authors should be able
> to re-use that DTD wherever it makes sense.

Nope -- no ignorance at all.  This is very definitely the problem 
namespaces were meant to address.  It's just that the original reaction of 
many people to the namespaces spec is that it somehow solves the "automagic 
combination" and "'valid' against multiple DTDs" problems as well.  (Put 
another way, you can get lunch, but it's not free.)

-- Ron Bourret

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