What is a namespace ... really?

John Cowan cowan at locke.ccil.org
Fri Jan 15 18:12:55 GMT 1999

Ronald Bourret wrote:

> I think you do need to create a new namespace for these.  Each would give
> you multiple definitions of the same variable within the same namespace,
> which makes no more sense for XML than it does for a programming language.

I don't agree with you, at least taking "namespace" in the sense of
the Rec.  Namespaces are just lists of names (one for elements,
one for global attributes, one for each element containing its
local attributes).

Nothing can be inferred about the proper use of a name from the
mere fact of its appearance in a namespace.

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