Re: Paul has volunteered (was Re: Overloaded URIs must GO!)
David Megginson wrote: > > In the case of namespace URIs, we're looking at a different use domain > (naming XML elements and attributes), not just a logical loophole. If a spec makes a normative reference to XML then it gets whatever semantics are embedded in the XML specification. If the infoset was part of XML as it may be one day then they would get those semantics. And if there is an entity reference then they can't complain if a parser for their app makes a network transaction to resolve the entity. If they wanted to use only the syntax and override all or some of the semantics (e.g. ignore entity references) then they could do that. But the namespaces spec builds on the semantics of URIs -- it is the very semantics of URIs that make them unique. Without those semantics I could build an http://www.megginson.com/foo namespace URI without impunity. "It's just a damn string", I would cry, "ignore what the URL spec. says it means!" -- Paul Prescod - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself http://itrc.uwaterloo.ca/~papresco "Silence," wrote Melville, "is the only Voice of God." The assertion, like its subject, cuts both ways, negating and affirming, implying both absence and presence, offering us a choice; it's a line that the Society of American Atheists could put on its letterhead and the Society of Friends could silently endorse while waiting to be moved by the spirit to speak. - Listening for Silence by Mark Slouka, Apr. 1999, Harper's xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; (un)subscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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