Namespaces does *not* formally introduce "global attributes"

Mark Birbeck Mark.Birbeck at
Fri Feb 5 16:50:25 GMT 1999

David Megginson wrote:
> Mark Birbeck writes:
>  > Reminds me of a question I had a while back: ...
> Further to this topic, the following note does appear in the XML 1.0
> spec:
> Note: The colon character within XML names is reserved for
>       experimentation with name spaces. ...
> In other words, you're allowed to use ':' for non-namespace purposes
> but you're playing with fire if you do.

Thanks David. I was trying to find it in all of the namespace
documentation/comment, but didn't realise that the topic was anticipated
in XML 1.0. (With all that that implies! Won't open hornets nest now

Thanks again.

Mark Birbeck
Managing Director
Intra Extra Digital Ltd.
39 Whitfield Street
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