Another look at namespaces

Paul Prescod paul at
Fri Sep 17 14:47:29 BST 1999

Rick Jelliffe wrote:
> It seems clear that the HTML team have some mental concept of namespaces
> which exists independently of  what the W3C specification actually
> allows.

I think that you are putting the blame in the wrong place. A quick
perusal of this forum suggests that the namespace editors disagree on
what the namespace specification "really means". It seems to me that the
specification has proven too general, too flexible and has been shown to
depend too much on mystical shared understanding of a "reasonable
namespace" that turns out not to be shared.

> If a W3C specs  can be utterly overturned in such a way, what is their
> value?

There is nothing in the HTML specification that violates the text of the
XML namespaces specification. If you are going to say that it violates
the "spirit" of the specification then we are back where we started.

 Paul Prescod

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