Another look at namespaces

David Brownell david-b at
Fri Sep 17 17:06:46 BST 1999

Paul Prescod wrote:
> 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.

The namespaces spec did sort of get rushed through at the last minute,
with a PR that said "this is how it'll be, don't bother sending any
comments unless you can prove the sky is falling".  As of course it
could not be.

Perhaps a lot of the current problems with XHTML map to such issues.
Rush one spec through with some open issues, and then watch the issues
multiply as time goes by.

- Dave

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