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John Cowan cowan at
Thu Jan 21 20:05:23 GMT 1999

Chris Maden wrote:

> As far as I can tell, the biggest problem is the possibility that a
> prefix's meaning can change within a document.  But your processor
> should be operating on URI+suffix, not the prefix, and changing a
> mapping table can't be *that* hard.

Except for DTD-based validation, which has to stay backward
compatible.  So either we heave over DTD's altogether, or we
apply Tim's algorithm (which unquestionably works, but at a price).
> True, I'm not a sophisticated programmer, and I may be overlooking
> something.  But I have a hard time seeing Tim Bray and James Clark
> bulled by political pressure, even (especially?) from Microsoft.

How about from W3C staff?  After all, the PI-based version of
the namespace rec made it almost all the way up before being vetoed,
as I understand (I wasn't there, so I speak under correction).
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