Multiple namespaces for HTML... why?

Tim Bray tbray at
Wed Feb 24 20:06:37 GMT 1999

At 01:08 PM 2/24/99 -0500, Frank Boumphrey wrote:
>The new working draft for XHTML is available at

What I find weird is having three namespaces for HTML.  The costs of
this are obvious - every programmer who wants to, for example, process
HTML <A> or <FORM> elements is going to have to check each one against
three namespaces?  

I assume there must be some benefits to having 3 namespaces for
HTML, but they're not self-apparent. -Tim

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