Overloaded URIs (was Re: XLink: behavior must go!)

Chris Lilley chris at w3.org
Tue May 25 14:25:05 BST 1999

"Ogievetsky, Nikita" wrote:

> Let us say I will start using "xthing:" alias for namespaces
> in my documents. How can I be guarantied that next year
> somebody will not come up with XThing recommendation
> and future versions of XML parsers will make it a reserved word?

By noting that it doesn't start with the letters {x,X}{m,M}{l,L}

> Isn't it against some basic XML principles?

>         6. My suggestion: come up with a new URI scheme that has the same
>         scheme-specific syntax as an http URI but that is only intended as a
> unique
>         identifier.

"urn:namespace:your%20stuff%20here" for example?


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