Re: What's wrong with namespaces? Some observations and sugges
>On Sat, Dec 4, 2010 at 5:24 PM, Michael Kay <email@example.com> wrote: > > > 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> > .... > > Of course, this is hopelessly incompatible. Or is it? One could devise a transition mechanism. If we see something like > > <xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform" version="2.0"> > > then we could regard that as merely a quaint old-fashioned way of saying > > <:org.w3c.www.1999.XSL.Transform.stylesheet version="2.0"> > > Hierarchic naming with optional abbreviation works so well across so many branches of computing, and indeed real life (for example phone numbers); it's a tragedy that it wasn't adopted from the start. > Very nice! Just out of interest, would the following (or some slight variation) be valid? <:org.w3c <:html.html> <head> <title>...</title> </head> <body> <:svg.svg> <rectangle> .... Seems that the "." notation should be enough to identify that you're specifying the name space (to some extent) and a colon ":" isn't needed for this to work? -- Peter Hunsberger
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