SAX2: Namespaces and syntax of compound names

David Megginson david at
Thu Jun 10 22:58:31 BST 1999

I have just heard a good argument for using the


syntax for compound names rather than the

  "URIpart localpart"

I have always preferred the second format because it is easier to
split (most libraries have a built-in function for splitting around a
single character), but someone pointed out that the first format has
the advantage that you can tell simply by testing the first character
whether or not you have a compound name.  

Of course, Java will still be happier with the second, since String
operations in Java are painfully expensive.  What does everyone else

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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