RE: WD for Namespaces 1.1
I trust these are people trying to do the right things from their own points of view. We all are. I insist on reliable processes because these points of view are divergent. In SGML, changes were made conservatively because very large and very expensive systems would be affected. Changes to XML can be a lot more affective, so an even more conservative viewpoint is required, IMO. Management training is that until a case with value is made, the answer is always No. Why? It is easier to change no to yes than yes to no. So far, I haven't heard the value argument for folding namespaces into the core. If there is no official action to do that, then this thread can die. len From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:simonstl@s...] On Thu, 2002-04-04 at 12:30, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote: > The point is not pessimistic; it is conservative. > It is based on prior experience with the W3C > specification process. Namespaces are a good > example. > > First, they were just name disambiguators, hidden > system properties, then schema references, making them > part of the content. We seem to stay on the > slippery slope of minimalism and incomplete > design guidelines. That makes these processes > unreliable. I have to share Len's concerns about the slippery slope here, especially given (unofficial, but deeply misguided IMHO) postings like: http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-tag/2002Mar/0016.html The "need for speed" in namespace dereferencing? Scares me pretty thoroughly and makes me wonder whether namespaces were a good idea yet again. > So experience says, don't believe or trust; > specify, verify, and hold > to the original agreement until a case is > made for change which adds value, not simply > specification compression. "Trust but verify" doesn't seem to be enough these days.
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