The Peace Process: DOM and namespaces...

Don Park donpark at
Thu Feb 11 01:00:47 GMT 1999


>Don Park suggests that we could "establish a business practice requiring
>URI used as namespace name to
>not contain any illegal XML name characters."  That rules out "/", thereby
>limiting namespaces to second-tier domain names and similar unsegmented
>names. That goes against the desire for unlimited scalability and the goal
>to allow _anyone_ to create namespace names as they need to.

I guess what I am proposing is a creation of a new URI scheme for XML
Namespace that is more friendly to namespace-ignorant applications.  The URI
production rules are defined as:

uri ::= scheme : path [ ? search ]

We can use 'xmlns' as the URI scheme name, outlaw the optional search
segment, and then use Java package naming scheme for the path.  Here is an

<dh:foo xmlns:dh="xmlns:com.docuverse.dom.html." dh:bar="foobar"/>

which expands to:


I don't think this proposal goes against the desire and goals you mentioned.
Please remember that I am just shooting from the hip right now and have not
yet formed any opinion about whether this solution will be good or not.


Don Park

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