Re: What's wrong with namespaces? Some observations and sugges
Dmitre, hello. On 2010 Dec 5, at 17:55, Dimitre Novatchev wrote: >> Problem: given <:org.w3c.html.html>, is the proper match >> </:org.w3c.html.html>, or </html>, or either? > > Either, which means that everybody will use the latter for convenience. > > Why is this so? Because in a well-formed XML document there is only > one possible closing tag at any moment (we cannot have two or more > same-level tags open at the same position). If one accepts that reasoning (and I do), then you could abbreviate this still further, and accept </> as a generic closing tag. Echoing the start-tag in the closing tag makes things easier for dumber parsers, and can occasionally provide a useful sanity check. But only occasionally: most of the time it's just (to me) annoying visual clutter. [pet gripe] (And regarding :foo.bar.baz -- +1 from me) Norman -- Norman Gray : http://nxg.me.uk
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