Namespaces without a domain name

David Megginson david at
Tue Feb 2 16:00:47 GMT 1999

Matthew Sergeant (EML) writes:

 > Can you do namespaces if you don't have a domain name?
 > (I do, but I was thinking others might not, e.g. individuals rather than
 > companies).
 > This might be answered by James Clark's document which I just started
 > reading, if it is, then I apologise.

That's the nice thing about using URIs rather than domain names for
namespaces: anyone who owns *any* URI can construct a namespace.  For
example, my personal (and badly out-of-date) home page is at

I don't own the domain name, but since I do have control
over this URL, I can base namespaces on it:

   <!-- ... -->

Of course, this isn't very stable, since I might switch ISPs at any
time, but at least it's possible.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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