Re: What's wrong with namespaces? Some observations and sugges
Original Message From: "Michael Kay" > On 04/12/2010 01:34, Amelia A Lewis wrote: >> Heyo. >> >> So, I've been (recently, publicly) critical of the Namespaces in XML >> specification. My summary version: when I try to teach someone who >> doesn't care about XML about XML APIs, it's namespaces where they >> Boggle and Fall Down. > > I agree with this analyssis. > > Elements should have simple (string-valued) names, using hierarchic naming > to achieve uniqueness, and context-sensitive abbreviation to achieve > conciseness. It should always be legitimate to use the full name if > abbreviation is not wanted. > > Hierarchic naming: for example an element might be called > :org.w3c.html.table. > > Abbreviation: this might be abbreviated to "table". How is the abbreviated > name resolved? Using the hierarchic name of the parent element. So the > outermost element gives the full name > > <:org.w3c.html.html> > > and inner elements can use abbreviated names if they are in the same > "namespace": > > <:org.w3c.html.html> > <head> > <title>...</title> > </head> > <body> > <:org.w3c.svg.svg> > <rectangle> I don't know how much of this sort of thing the XML 2.0 discussion will open up, but based on previous discussions on the list (in which Michael was a main participant) I put forward the following proposal. I think it adds a _little_ more flesh to what Michael describes above. http://lists.xml.org/archives/xml-dev/200908/msg00033.html It maybe something to add to the stew that is being cooked up! And I still haven't got used to reading right-to-left :-) Pete Cordell Codalogic Ltd Interface XML to C++ the easy way using C++ XML data binding to convert XSD schemas to C++ classes. Visit http://codalogic.com/lmx/ or http://www.xml2cpp.com for more info
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