Schemas coming of age: use them

Len Bullard cbullard at
Wed Nov 10 00:43:47 GMT 1999

Tim Berners-Lee wrote:
> It is now appropriate for any group developing a W3C xml application (such
> as P3P, xHTML, etc) to use namespaces and schemas.  These should be seen as
> the first, very important, test cases for schema: if xml-schema language
> won't do what you want it to do, then get it fixed.


> Working across more groups takes time but it leads to a consistent result.
> Let's  make sure everything fits together at this stage!

How can a namespace enable us to discover a record of authority by 
which we may determine which variant or subset of the definition 
is in effect for some time slice of a process?

It is important because we will not have a single definition for 
some processes which may think to name within a single standard.  
For example, the timing models or concepts of SMIL and VRML may 
not be compatible although they do overlap considerably.  We 
require a means to diffentiate the non-compatible models.

len bullard

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