ATTN: Please comment on XHTML (before it's too late)

Erik James Freed ejfreed at
Sat Sep 4 21:17:42 BST 1999

I always wondered why the Java name space semantics and syntax were not
used. The heirarchical 'dot' notation has pretty broad acceptance...

I know -get my head out of the clouds :-()


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Sent: Thursday, September 02, 1999 11:28 AM
To: Kay Michael; XMLDev list
Subject: Re: ATTN: Please comment on XHTML (before it's too late)

From: Kay Michael <Michael.Kay at>

>I seem to recall, at the time Namespaces was being debated, a lone voice
>saying that of course namespaces should be hierarchic rather than
>single-level. Shame that none listened.

Exactly.  The whole point of URI/URL schemas (AFAIU) is to map hierarchical

But XML-NS simply uses the cumbersome notation (it ain't, strictly speaking,
pretty) when the __information__ that the notational system is designed to
convey is disregarded?

(Further motivation:  A hierarchical naming context will greatly facilitate

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