Why SAX needs namespace support
whisper at accessone.com
Wed Jan 27 00:31:35 GMT 1999
I can, off the top of my head, think of lots of times where mixing elements
from other dtds would make sense. A few that sprang to mind:
Any kind of fiction (include a poem, recipe, formula etc).
News articles (ditto above).
Linguistics (include a fragment of text in a foreign language).
I know this isn't quite what Mr. Prescod had in mind (I think), but it
seems like a useful thing to be able to do. Why, if you include a
"poem.dtd" in another kind of document, couldn't you process the fragment
of the document (the poem or poems) in the "process space" (namespace?) of
that dtd or stylesheet or whatever?
At 12:45 PM 1/26/99 -0600, Paul Prescod wrote:
>Namespaces only make sense in a world where you can more or less randomly
>mix objects from different problem domains. That very seldom happens in
>the document world. It would require some way to dynamically assemble
>processing specifications (stylesheets). But the interaction between
>stylesheet levels is way too complex for this sort of dynamically assembly
>to be easy. We also know that dynamic assembly of schemas is quite tricky.
>As far as I know, nobody is doing it yet. So the namespace mechanism
>strikes me as premature considering that we don't have any infrastructure
>to take advantage of it.
> Paul Prescod - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself
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