Why SAX needs namespace support

Dan Brickley Daniel.Brickley at bristol.ac.uk
Wed Jan 27 12:37:05 GMT 1999

On Wed, 27 Jan 1999 david at megginson.com wrote:

> Michael.Kay at icl.com writes:
>  > >  > Perhaps a setOption(option, flag) interface would be more 
>  > > extensible.
>  > > 
>  > > I could live with this, but only if the options were namespace
>  > > qualified, i.e.
>  > > 
>  > >   parser.setOption("http://xml.org/sax/features/validation", true);
>  > >   parser.setOption("http://xml.org/sax/features/namespaces", false);
>  > >   
>  > I'm all for fully qualified names, but I don't see why we should repeat the
>  > error of using "http://" names for things that are not accessible via the
>  > HTTP protocol. What's wrong with
>  > "org.xml.sax.option.validation"?
> That's fine for Java, but since it's based on DNS anyway, why develop
> a general solution that uses a slightly different notation?

Yep. Why not just say that these properties are identified with URIs and
leave it at that? http: URLs could then happily co-exist with URNs,
uuid URLs etc etc without changing the basic architecture.

URI ref: 
Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI): Generic Syntax; Berners-Lee,
Fielding, Masinter, Internet Draft Standard August, 1998; RFC2396. 
(available from http://www.isi.edu/in-notes/rfc2396.txt)


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