Re: Paul has volunteered (was Re: Overloaded URIs must GO!)
Jonathan Borden wrote: > > > Let me clarify. As per the XML namespace specification, the URI is used > only as an identifier, the XML namespace specification does not ever use the > URI in a way that resolution to a document is at all meaningful. Hence, the > fact that the URI may or may not point to a resource is completely > irrelevant as far as XML namespaces are concerned. I agree 100%. According to the intention of the namespace specification editors the fact that a URI *must* point to a resource is not relevant to the namespaces spec despite some ambiguous wording that might make it seem that it did. But there are specifications being built on top of the namespaces specification that make use of the URI. These specifications are not right or wrong -- the namespace spec is silent about what happens if you dereference the URI. When these specifications are deployed, software will attempt to dereference namespace URIs. That software will not know whether to report inaccessible URLs as errors or retry on the hope that it is available now or merely assume that that namespace doesn't have an associated document. Do we report an error or merely continue? -- 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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