Re: Acronym spaces, namespaces, and authority (was Re: [xml-de
Mike Champion <mc@x...> writes: > 8/18/2002 3:38:14 AM, Francis Norton <francis@r...> wrote: > > > >>I just think the acronym space is too heavily populated for it to be > >>much use outside of very focussed groups to use lots of acronyms. > >> > >That's a fair point in general, but I don't think it applies once you've > >already associated acronyms to a language via file suffixes and > >namespace prefixes. > > This is a profound little conundrum we find ourselves in! > > The idea of an authority such as Microsoft, or IANA, or "general > consensus" associating file suffixes to a particular meaning is > considered a violation of the principles of the Web by the > W3C leadership, and the namespaces spec was designed to to > prevent such a thing by forcing prefixes to be mapped onto URIs. > (or "URI-syntax globally unique strings", I don't wanna go there). Another good reason for not pretending to 'bless' acronyms. I use xs: and xsd: alternately as the namespace prefix for http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema precisely for this reason, and dislike the fact that I am pretty much stuck with .xsd as the file suffix. ht -- Henry S. Thompson, HCRC Language Technology Group, University of Edinburgh W3C Fellow 1999--2002, part-time member of W3C Team 2 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh EH8 9LW, SCOTLAND -- (44) 131 650-4440 Fax: (44) 131 650-4587, e-mail: ht@c... URL: http://www.ltg.ed.ac.uk/~ht/ [mail really from me _always_ has this .sig -- mail without it is forged spam]
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