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Re: widget namespace

From: Robin Berjon <robin@berjon.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2007 12:28:02 +0200
Message-Id: <00DA3DA4-CFB2-4FED-BB05-137611C07A30@berjon.com>
Cc: "WAF WG (public)" <public-appformats@w3.org>
To: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>

On Aug 08, 2007, at 11:30, Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> On Tue, 17 Jul 2007 00:26:36 +0200, Jason Monberg  
> <jason.monberg@dshlt.com> wrote:
>> namespaces are important/critical in this context for  
>> extensibility. i am
>> assuming that this file will be used to contain elements common to  
>> all
>> widgets as well as elements specific to individual widgets.
> Why are they critical for extensibility? The format is completely  
> separated from everything else in the world

A well designed format is one for which people can make uses and  
extensions unforeseen by the creator. Putting a namespace here is  
zero-cost, not putting it is just begging to look stupid down the line.

FWIW, Joost's internal widget manifest format uses a namespace, which  
makes it easier to implement multiple widget formats too.

> Using namespaces here just complicates things for authors who want  
> to copy and paste lines of codes without the level of indirection  
> given by namespaces (where they would have to copy the namespace  
> decleration too).

Experience shows authors are not that silly, it's just a handful of  
specification writers who think that's complicated :)

Robin Berjon - http://berjon.com/
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