Big Day for Namespaces, Styles

Tim Bray tbray at
Thu Jan 14 22:00:13 GMT 1999

At 04:42 PM 1/14/99 -0500, Tyler Baker wrote:
>The W3C Namespaces WG could of done a much better job if they tried harder and
>did not fall into the groupthink model that appears to have driven this draft
>from the beginning.

Well, namespaces may be a horrible terrible thing as Tyler says, but I
can assure everyone that they are not a result of group-think.  I'm 
no standards veteran, but I can tell you that the process of designing
the namespace spec was the longest, toughest, most contentious, most
complex work ever done in the sphere of the XML activity.  If I told
you how many person-months were burned up in producing this puppy, you
wouldn't believe me.

Not a surprise.  Phil Karlton, one of the smartest programmers I ever
met, said "there are only two hard problems in Computer Science:
cache invalidation and naming things".  If anyone ever proposes
XML-based cache invalidation, watch me run the other way. -T.

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