the xml: namespace
In the past two days, I've seen two new (to me) uses of the reserved xml: namespace. First, there's Micah Dubinko's SkunkLink, which defines xml:href and xml:src attributes: http://dubinko.info/writing/skunklink/ Then there are the latest TAG minutes, which mention xml:id: http://www.w3.org/2003/01/06-tag-summary.html#xml2 I've been impressed with the general restraint the world has shown in demanding new xml: goodies, but I'm starting to think that after five years we may be in a position to know that a few things could be sensibly added. While xml:id strikes me as a necessary evil, at this point I strongly emphasize the necessary. As I move back into hypertext (what I came to XML for in the first place), the need for a reliable ID mechanism seems to override the protests that the internal DTD subset is adequate. I'm slightly less sure of xml:href and xml:src, but I think they're definitely worthy of consideration. I can't say I've come across anything else that strikes me as good candidates for this approach, but three in two days (okay, I heard about all of these at XML 2002) is pretty impressive. -- Simon St.Laurent Ring around the content, a pocket full of brackets Errors, errors, all fall down! http://simonstl.com -- http://monasticxml.org
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