Just require URLs

Mark D. Anderson mda at discerning.com
Mon May 31 19:34:50 BST 1999

I can see that there needs to be room in the standard to allow
that a namespace URI can be any old thing -- it may or may
not use a "http" scheme, and there may or may not be something
retrievable there, and the thing being retrieved might be
an english document, or a dtd, or a redirect to sex.com.

But it would be great if there were a standard that also
allowed for greater precision, so that one could distinguish
the notions of:
- a URN
- a dtd or xml schema
- an english spec
- a document describing rights for some TBD rights protocol

I've seen all of the above used for namespace URI.

So it seems the situation is being excerbated by the lack
of a standard linking syntax (XLink, RDF) and an associated 
standardized vocabulary for these associations.


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