How about over 1,000,000 XHTML Namespace URIs?

Blair Murri BMurri at
Thu Sep 2 19:15:47 BST 1999

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Ann Navarro [SMTP:ann at]
> Sent:	Thursday, September 02, 1999 8:18 AM
> To:	Simon St.Laurent; xml-dev at
> Subject:	RE: How about over 1,000,000 XHTML Namespace URIs?
> At 10:03 AM 9/2/99 -0400, Simon St.Laurent wrote:
> >At 09:43 AM 9/2/99 -0400, Ann Navarro wrote:
> >><broken record type="OnlyTimeToday">
> >>We're in phase 1, moving existing HTML 4.0 into XML. 
> >></broken record> 
> >
> >Get Phase 1 wrong, and there may not be any other phases - or those
> phases
> >may be a heck of a lot harder to do.  
> What is so much harder to do if next it was said: Now that we're nice and
> tidy with XHTML 1.0, we move forward with a single flavor, be it <whatever
> one is chosen>, and we modularize that, and extend that? 
> Ann (not representing any group's position or direction)
	The problem is this.  If this PR makes it to REC, people will likely
use it.  And if the use it, as it is currently written, the poor saps out
there (read: us) will be forced to support it.  Then, when the next rev is
written, what was written to this rev will still be out there, and we will
continue to need to support it.  It is an implementation that seems to
benefit very few at the cost of a lot of others.

	I have a question.  Since the current PR doesn't allow mixing of a
bunch of stuff, and because most HTML documents can only be rendered one way
anyhow, why not disallow more than one flavor of HTML v.4 in a doc?  Declare
which DTD to use (strict, transitional, or frameset) and be done with it.
Either 0 or 1 namespaces would be needed, and the flaws that so many are so
enraged about will be avoided.  You are still free to do in v.2 anything
that is still open now (nothing is lost, except the ability to use grammer
from more than one flavor of HTML in the same document at a time - something
of marginal value at best, given the inability to mix XHTML with other stuff

Blair L. Murri
Sr. Programmer/etc.
WavePhore, Inc.

	(speaking personally and not representing anyone's views but my own)

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