Re: XML Namespaces 1.1
On Tue, 2011-05-24 at 22:34 -0400, Rick Yorgason wrote: > * If a prefix doesn't match a declared xmlns (formerly ill-formed) it > shall be shorthand for including an xmlns="prefix" attribute. > * Namespaces should be in reversed DNS form. > > With those two changes, namespaces are no longer awkward to use, no > longer difficult to teach, and the cost of adoption for existing > libraries is approximately three lines of code. No longer awkward - for some uses, and they become 100% totally completely broken for other uses. Win some, lose some. > So what do we have to > do to get a new "Namespaces in XML" standard published with these > minimal changes? (1) get consensus that the broken cases don't matter (e.g. the people who dereference a namespace URI to get a GRDDL file to find a Schema) (2) change all existing XML systems to accept your new usage instead of raising an error. This includes...  buy everyone a new television  buy everyone a new VCR (TVs and VCRs use uPNP in XML to find each other)  replace everyone's mobile phone  replace iPods  re-engineer air traffic control systems, aircraft navigation...  replace people's washing machines, and other XML-communicating appliances  change all Web Services  replace all Microsoft Windows, Gnome, KDE, OS X, desktops  car components (brakes, tyres, engines,...) communicate with XML...  (many more examples) This is why XML does not in fact get changed very much... Liam -- Liam Quin - XML Activity Lead, W3C, http://www.w3.org/People/Quin/ Pictures from old books: http://fromoldbooks.org/
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