Overloaded URIs must GO!

Paul Prescod paul at prescod.net
Fri May 28 23:26:42 BST 1999

David Megginson wrote:
>    Yes, but only by the IETF, unless the IETF starts assigning parts
>    of its URN namespace to other users.  XSL, for example, still
>    cannot use a URN for a namespace today.  As Paul mentioned later,
>    we could use an x-* URN namespace, but that's actually less safe
>    than a URL (it's not even guaranteed unique).

It's a question of balancing risk, standards conformance, etc.

Using an HTTP URL is wrong, unintuitive and will have bad practical
effects, even if it is safe from a uniqueness perspective.

>From a pragmatic point of view, using an experimental namespace is
uniqueness-safe even if it is not save from a theoretical point of view.

If we, today, establish the x-mldev namespace then the chances of anyone
accidently intruding on it are incredibly small. So SAX would use:


(if you have registered the SAX domain)

Besides, if we submit an internet draft for an hname: namespace then
nobody is going to go off and invent a clashing one by accident. It's a
question of us taking a little bit of extra effort to do the right thing.
(I'm holding my breath here lest I get stuck with the job...If someone did
it would people use it?)

 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself

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