Re: Namespace question: Do attributes inherit the element's namespace?
At 02:51 PM 1/6/00 -0500, Bob Kline wrote: >> Basically, then, the main question was whether the attribute names in >> the following two examples are identical: >> <html:a href="foo"> >> <html:a html:href="foo"> >> For most applications (such as RDF, and, possibly, XSL), the answer is >> a firm 'no', but the WG decided to make it *possible* to distinguish >I'm feeling a little lost in the medieval subtleties here. It's a pity this stuff is so hard, but well... it's hard. One of the brightest computer programmers I ever knew, Phil Karlton, said "There are only two hard problems in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things." I agree that it's hard to avoid discussions that are reminiscent of medieval theology. So... let's try again. Consider these two <html:a href="foo"> <html:a html:href="foo"> The namespace spec could have said one of three things: 1. These must always be treated as identical 2. These must always be treated as different 3. Applications can make up their minds The then-Working Group eventually went for #3. It's kind of like non-Euclidean geometries; each of the three options above produces a self-consistent universe, so the only question is, which one do we want to live in? Most applications, it seems, want to live in Universe #1, and the namespace spec allows them to do that. -Tim 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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