tricky XHTML 1.0 namespace question

Henry S. Thompson ht at
Mon Jan 17 21:39:33 GMT 2000

"Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl at> writes:

> >The fact that people on this list have
> >been confused about this does not mean the HTML WG is confused or is
> >responsible for sorting out their confusion.  See my message to Dave
> >about this [1] for a succinct statement of why this is a time-wasting
> >red herring which IS perfectly clearly specified in the Namespace REC.
> Given the enormous amount of time wasted on this 'red herring', I'd suggest
> that this issue get some kind of _official_ clean-up, perhaps in its
> currently brief errata. [2]  It would be nice for there to be less
> developer confusion on this issue.

You're right, of course.  Sorry for the asperity of my response, I've
been struggling with various recalcitrant bits of software and prose
all day.

There's an agenda item about this for the upcoming XML Plenary
meeting, I'll try to get some concrete _public_ statement about this
out of it.

  Henry S. Thompson, HCRC Language Technology Group, University of Edinburgh
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