SAX, Java, and Namespaces (was Re: Restricted NamespacesforXML)

Paul Prescod paul at
Fri Feb 5 15:39:07 GMT 1999

hpyle at wrote:
> Paul Prescod wrote,
> > I don't think that "average developers" need to worry about namespaces.
> ...
> > If you are building a
> > typical one-organization application then what are you doing with "other
> > people's tags" in your documents?
> Maybe my perspective is a little warped.  I'm working on healthcare
> applications in the UK - interoperability will (sometime) become a big
> deal. :-)

Even so, people have been solving these sorts of problems without
namespaces for years (i.e HL7 initiative). In order to exchange documents
in healthcare it is probably NOT necessary to mix elements from different
document types *blindly*. That's all namespaces help with.

If you know in advance what element types must be mixed in a document of a
particular type then you can just choose names that do not clash (or use a
simple prefixing convention).

 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself

"Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did,
but she did it backwards and in high heels."
                                               --Faith Whittlesey

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