an unfilled need

David Megginson david at
Tue Sep 7 12:11:59 BST 1999

Tim Bray writes:
 > At 01:54 PM 9/6/99 -0400, David Megginson wrote:

 > Hmm, I observe that the namespace name hardwired to the prefix
 > "xml:" is
 > (amusing, since the namespace spec is dated January 1999).  Anyhow,
 > I seem to recall that Dan Connolly cooked this up on behalf of the
 > W3C and there was a real good reason which I unfortunately forget
 > for having a date in there.

Dan's suggestion is that if someone else ends up owning the
domain some day, they're less likely to create their own, identical
Namespace URI if the URI contains a stale date.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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