Hierarchical Namespaces (was Re: ATTN: Please comment on XHTML (before it's too late))

Paul Tchistopolskii paul at qub.com
Sun Sep 5 12:08:44 BST 1999

> > Namespaces should be hierarchic. I think that now most of
> > XML developers  would agree.
> Namespace URI's are hierarchical already, so all it would take is prefix
> matching. I briefly suggested this when namespaces first came out and
> in more detail in a couple of posts last week.
> Upon further reflection, it wouldn't even need a modification to XPath
> (although such a modification could make prefix matching cleaner). As far
> I can tell, all you would need to do is something like:
> p[starts-with(namespace-uri(),"http://www.w3.org/xhtml1/")]

Maybe we have a different understanding of what is
hierachical  ?


Do I understand right that version 2 would cause


By the way -  XT is now using


This is smart. ;-)

In opposite , the article
( http://www.jclark.com/xml/xmlns.htm )
( by the same author! ;-) shows us:


Isn't it *not* that smart?

Would't it be better to have:


instead ?

When I upgraded to the new version of XT,
it was very polite for XT  to notify me that I should
change my good old stylesheet to use that new

I guess that my *next* upgrade would go even smooter,
because current namespace is providing some clue
because of it's hierarhical form.

> > Namespaces should be hierarchic. I think that now most of
> > XML developers  would agree.


PS. Actualy there are still some more problems, but thinking
about more complex things would be easier after I'l understand
some simple things.

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