Tool X (was Re: simple question on namespaces.)
Arjun Ray quotes anonymous exchange from internal W3C list: > : For example, if some company starts using a name space prefix but > : doesn't define its vocabulary in some standardized way (so that any > : conforming tool can interpret it and validate against it), how can > : you ever know if you've handled all their names if you're tryin to > : compete with them by providing support for their data elements? You > : can't. Ding ding ding ding! Now for all those who didn't know what Paul meant by "Tool X", this is but one of the possible culprits (and possibly the most insidious). There might also be my example of a tool that retrieves a schema and makes processing assumptions differently from a tool that doesn't molest the namespace URI. There are other faces of tool X, and all of them are problematic in pratice regardless of the "rightness" of their behavior. -- Uche Ogbuji Principal Consultant uche.ogbuji@f... +1 303 583 9900 x 101 Fourthought, Inc. http://Fourthought.com 4735 East Walnut St, Ste. C, Boulder, CO 80301-2537, USA Software-engineering, knowledge-management, XML, CORBA, Linux, Python
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