Why namespaces?

James Tauber jtauber at jtauber.com
Thu Sep 2 03:27:09 BST 1999

Mark Birbeck wrote:
> Simon St.Laurent wrote:
> > At 09:17 AM 9/1/99 +0800, James Tauber wrote:
> > >"we would only need separate namespaces for each flavour of
> > > XHTML if people are going to want to mix the three flavours
> > > in the one document and distinguish the different usages
> > > of the element/attributes names in the intersection."
> >
> > Simple, clean, cuts to the heart of the matter.
> 'fraid I don't agree. For the *legacy* HTML you may still need to
> distinguish where it came from when it is being processed as XHTML.

But my point is that *namespaces* shouldn't be what you use to make this

Namespaces (by my reading of the spec) are for distinguishing
element/attribute vocabularies *within an instance*.

James (who still thinks prefix matching of namespaces is a neat idea)
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