What is a namespace ... really?

Borden, Jonathan jborden at mediaone.net
Sat Jan 16 23:24:58 GMT 1999


	No doubt about the issue of schemas needing to be namespace sensitive. The
question is whether a namespace has meaning outside of the name, or what
meaning does the namespace uri have?

	some people suggest it is just a unique name. others suggest it ought to
point to a DTD, and others a schema. this issue is still under debate, for
example dave megginson states to the effect that the namespace uri ought
have no meaning beyond a unique name (dave, i hope i've summarized you
correctly :-) but andrew layman believes otherwise (correct?)

Jonathan Borden

> At 09:43 AM 1/15/99 -0500, Borden, Jonathan wrote:
> >This is the *current* state of affairs. There are people who also believe
> >that in the future the namespace concept is to be extended to incorporate
> >Schema definition. That is, when a namespace URN points to a Schema
> >definition, the Schema may, can or will be enforced in the same
> way that a
> >DTD is enforced by a validating parser and a <!DOCTYPE definition.
> Other way around.  There are people (most people who follow this
> stuff) who think that a future schema facility needs to be
> namespace-sensitive.  -Tim

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