RE: A good case for namespace URIs
At 9:26 am +0100 5/3/02, Nicolas LEHUEN wrote: >As I've written in private to John, the worst problem is not that there is >nothing at the end of the namespace URI, but that nothing can be found using >Google + people brains ability to perform fuzzy searches. If a human can't >find its way on the govtalk web site in hours of searching, how do you >expect something to be performed automatically by a computer ? > >Namespace URI resolving is not the solution to a badly structured web site. >One cannot expect an index to solve a structural problem in the data it >indexes. I'm 100% in agreement with you w.r.t the UK GovTalk website. This whole debate erupts here periodically, and I always end up feeling that no satisfactory conclusion is reached. However, one thing does puzzle me: given that there is not a one-to-one mapping between namespaces and Schemas (despite common usage), I find the argument for putting a .xsd at the URI unsatisfactory. That just leaves nothing, or something like RDDL for the convenience of both humans AND computers, and I know which I'd prefer (if only to avoid the endless questions from the XML neophytes who always fall over this issue). -- Andy Greener Mob: +44 7836 331933 GID Ltd, Reading, UK Tel: +44 118 956 1248 andy@g... Fax: +44 118 958 9005
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