namespace conformance

Simon St.Laurent simonstl at
Tue Jan 5 03:48:25 GMT 1999

At 10:20 PM 1/4/99 -0500, Chris Maden wrote:
>[Simon St.Laurent]
>> I can understand the first part just fine.  But why bar colons from
>> every other use of Name in the spec?
>Future use.  The application of namespaces to entities isn't fully
>understood right now, but if colons in entity names are declared
>meaningless now, then any future attempt to attach meaning later will
>be a disaster.  It's the same reason that colons in names (except
>xml:lang and xml:space) were declared to be reserved for experimental
>use in XML 1.0.

Glad to hear that there's a good reason.  Might be smart to put that
explicitly into the final recommendation as well, assuming namespaces make
it to that stage.

Simon St.Laurent
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