HTML namespace (was: an unfilled need)

David LeBlanc whisper at
Mon Sep 6 19:31:01 BST 1999

At 08:54 AM 9/6/99 -0700, Tim Bray wrote:
>Dammit, if the W3C obstinately refuses to give HTML a name for
>programmers to hang their hats on, I'm going to start a campaign right
>here in xml-dev for *us* to pick something, it'll be easier than 
>designing SAX. -Tim
Hmm.. how about something after C++: Any tag which does not have a
namespace prefix or is not recognizably within a namespace is implicitly
HTML. Any tag which is not prefixed or not contained within a namespace and
is not defined by the version of HTML in use is an error.

When I first wrote this I thought it didn't answer the problem posed by
Tim, but then I realized that it does: if you don't have a doc header, you
don't have an HTML document thus you don't have tags which are prefixed or
within a namespace and thus the whole document is an error.

This, of course, is going to fly merrily down the runway and smack into a
wall consisting of all those pages out there that either don't use a doc
header or don't use it correctly (as was pointed out by a nearby post about
IBM's usage). 

Excuse me if I really did miss your point Tim.

Dave LeBlanc

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