RFP: Namespace URI for HTML

Marc.McDonald at Design-Intelligence.com Marc.McDonald at Design-Intelligence.com
Fri Sep 10 02:45:10 BST 1999

	Tim Bray Wrote:

> At 01:24 AM 9/10/99 +0200, Sebastian Schnitzenbaumer wrote:
> >HTML is a damn useful vocabulary after all. Designing a completely 
> >new XML language is often the only way. But sometimes, a new 
> >application is rather a mixture of the features that HTML (or a 
> >subset of HTML) already provides together with entirely new 
> >features. In this case, one would re-use a subset of HTML in a new 
> >XML language, forming a new XHTML family member. 
> Exactly.  I suspect that 100% of the readers of this list agree 100%
> with this contention.  In fact, this is already happening - people
> are stealing chunks of HTML tags in other XML languages.  Good design, 
> But, if I want, in my own XML language, to use an HTML table here and
> an HTML hyperlink there, it seems to me the most natural thing in
> the world to do this:
> <myRootElement xmlns:html="the-namespace-URI-for-HTML">
>   <myTag> ...
>   <myOtherTag> ...
>   <html:a href="adsafa;dfs">sfasafsdj</html:a>
>   <yetAnotherTagOfMine> ...
>   <html:table>
>    <html:tr>...</html:tr></html:table>
>   </myRootElement>
> why on earth would I want different namespaces for all these different
> HTML modules?  There is no possibility of collisions since they're
> all from HTML.  -Tim
	And if the elements 'a', 'table' and 'tr' were not in my own XML
language why would I need to use a namespace at all? If there's no ambiguity
there is no need to use a namespace.

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