XML in the real world... Was "Re: Another lookatnamespaces"

Tyler Baker tyler at infinet.com
Sat Sep 18 06:07:11 BST 1999

Ann Navarro wrote:

> At 04:09 PM 9/17/99 -0400, Tyler Baker wrote:
> > How about 3 new versions of XHTML in say
> >XHTML 2.0. Then you have 6 different namespaces to deal with, rather than
> just
> >one.
> Except there aren't 3 new versions of XHTML in the next iteration.
> There's 1. XHTML 1.1 (see public working drafts)

OK, well I suppose I was confused. Nevertheless, every new version of XHTML will give
programmers the choice of having the HTML processor map elements from different namespaces
(each version of XHTML) to a single common element (a hack) or else have different HTML
processors for each namespace (bloat). There is no concept of inheritance whatsoever, which
although not absolutely necessary, I think would be good practice considering the history of
the web community's adoption of new HTML specs as they come out the door.

> >Oh so I guess you are used to the overwhelming male atmosphere here. Well
> at least
> >you had a large pool of men in uniform to date whenever you wanted to back
> then.
> Hrm. Cops or crooks, what would you pick? ;)

Depends on the cop or the crook. Even then crooks might be more attractive than some of the
markup enthusiasts in this forum.

> >Now you just have the option of having cyber-sessions with us XML-DEVers (-:
> Don't think my husband  ( http://www.basicguru.com/navarro/ ) would approve
> much ;)

Hey what he does not know won't hurt him. Just don't let him read the blasphemous content that
gets posted to this listserv or he might develop a fetish to posting arguments about
specifications which at the end of our lives will probably be a meaningless set of events in
history that are no more relevant than taking a drive on a Sunday afternoon with the wife in
kids (or in your case your husband and any children you may have that are not already grown
and out of the house).

On a lighter note, who would of ever thought many years back that a simple network protocol
for hypertext developed by Tim B-L would evolve into the greatest protocol ever for adults to
waste their lives away in chat rooms talking dirty to each other while exchanging nude
pictures of each other all on Yahoo and other portal sights with free chat, email, and web
accounts. Just think that all of this debating about XHTML and namespaces is really just about
the best data format to deliver porn to the masses.

So why I and others waste my life in the dark art of internet programming so that marriages
can be wrecked by internet addiction and kids can be desensitized by internet porn, I guess I
will never know without some deep reflection. Nevertheless, I am pretty sure that 5-10 years
down the line the W3C will be a dot in the annals of web history because it failed to listen
to the devoted developers of the internet community about their concerns on W3C
recommendations no matter how stupid or trivial they may seem at the time. Hopefully in the
meantime another standards organization will arise that fills the void left by the W3C that
many of us developers feel exists when we try and think of a relevant internet standards
organization with financial backing.

Well off to bigger and better things (-:

Tyler Baker

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