XHTML and the Three Namespaces

Miles Sabin msabin at cromwellmedia.co.uk
Wed Sep 22 10:45:43 BST 1999

Andrew Layman wrote,
> [snip: characterization of the 3 NS position as a
> workaround for XMLs lack of subtyping/inheritance ]

This looks like a sound analysis to me.

> Of the alternatives that I have seen, only the 
> proposal for three distinct namespaces seems to have 
> sufficient information in it.

Perhaps so, but: it's the wrong way to do it; it
overloads namespaces with baggage they were never
intended to carry; and it preempts schemas which will
(I believe) address this issue properly, possibly in
a way that will make the development of schemas even
harder than it is already.

In short it's a grotty hack that'll store up more
problems for the future than it solves in the present.
FWIW, my take on this is that the HTML WG should
on this issue now, revert to a single namespace, and
return to the problem when schemas are done and
provide the resources to deal with it properly.



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