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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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