Musing over Namespaces
I am in the habit of musing over what seems obvious to most people. My latest musing was over XML Namespaces. I started with the question: "Why isn't there namespaces in normal languages like English?" A boring and divergent question. I moved on to more interesting question: "What if English language used namespaces?" There are several ways to interpret this question but the most interesting is this: "What is the social impact of using namespaces in English or any other spoken/written language?" My answer was: massive fragmentation of society. I have a feeling that the answer to above question is important to understanding the impact of namespaces in XML. Here are some of the side questions I asked myself: Is it really a 'good thing' to have namespaces in XML? What ill effect will it have on XML's future? Why can't the semantic of '<name>' be determined purely by context? What is wrong with using just <html> to distinguish HTML's use of 'a' tag? Is the ability to inject attributes from other namespaces really useful? What is the possitive effect of having just one namespace? Why can't we have central registry of XML names? What do you all think? I would be very much interested in your answers. Best, Don Park - mailto:donpark@d... Docuverse - http://www.docuverse.com 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 unsubscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; unsubscribe 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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