Paul has volunteered (was Re: Overloaded URIs must GO!)

David Megginson david at
Sat May 29 00:05:04 BST 1999

Paul Prescod writes:

 > 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?)

I'd like to publicly thank Paul for enthusiastically volunteering to
take on the work of submitting a proposal for an 'hname' URN namespace
to the IETF.  We all owe him a great debt, fame and fortune await him,
etc., etc.

If Paul proposes 'hname' and isn't immediately flamed to ashes by the
URN elite, we should consider hname URNs for SAX2 features and
properties as well as for XML namespaces.

All the best,



>From Alexander Pope, "Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot" (201-204):

  Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer,
  And without sneering, teach the rest to sneer;
  Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike,
  Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike;

(Pope himself is flaming Addison, the most influential critic of his


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