Namespaces are dead.

Rick Jelliffe ricko at
Fri Jun 11 16:19:28 BST 1999

 From: Marc.McDonald at
<Marc.McDonald at>

 >To put it plainly, the basic problem is putting document consumer
>information in the document. Doing so results in needing to modify
>document every time a new consumer is created.

I have written to the W3C a suggestion on this topic. It is in an
article "How to Promote Organic Plurality on the WWW" at

The concrete suggestions are these:

1) To prevent "data kidnap", every new technology or application class
introduced onto the WWW must be preceded by a mechanism, as an
intermediate layer, to allow alternatives to that technology

2) To prevent "workflow kidnap", that mechanism should have a phase

3) To prevent "data lockout", names should be fixed for a schema:
vocabularies that require a schema with to check names based on regular
expressions should be deprecated.

I hope anyone interested in building an open WWW that provides a
level-playing field for innovators can support it.

Rick Jelliffe

P.S. "Organic Plurarity" sounds like something from Barbarella I know,
but it is the best I could come up with.

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