Statement from HTML WG

Marc.McDonald at Marc.McDonald at
Tue Sep 21 01:22:50 BST 1999

Steve Pemberton wrote:

> Since we were getting different messages from the XML Community, we
> also asked the XML Plenary group to discuss the issue. This (long)
> discussion starts at
> [].
> (See the end of this document for some selections.) The result of these
> discussions seems to show that there isn't consensus on the issue,
> with people arguing quite strongly for both positions.
	Nice to have a reference, but we non-w3C members can't reference the
document. So I have no description of these use cases that justify 3
namespaces. I got a password request on access. The only example given in
the mail is the including XHTML in XML documents which doesn't justify 3
namespaces at all.

> However, the HTML WG is not bound irrevocably to three namespaces. We
> want XHTML to be a good XML citizen, and if the consensus of the XML
> community is that the 3-namespace use-cases are not important and can
> reasonably be ignored, we are willing to go with that consensus.
	Nice to hear this, which appears to be opposite of what had
previously been implied.

> Marc B. McDonald
> Principal Software Scientist
> Design Intelligence, Inc.
> 1111 Third Avenue, Suite 1500
> Seattle, WA  98101
> marc.mcdonald at
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