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Re: What's wrong with namespaces? Some observations and sugges

  • From: "Pete Cordell" <petexmldev@codalogic.com>
  • To: "Michael Kay" <mike@saxonica.com>,<xml-dev@l...>
  • Date: Sun, 5 Dec 2010 11:33:23 -0000

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.


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
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