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Re: ISSUE-41/ACTION-97 decentralized-extensibility

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Sat, 03 Oct 2009 06:08:24 -0700
Cc: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>, Adrian Bateman <adrianba@microsoft.com>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>, Tony Ross <tross@microsoft.com>, Brendan Eich <brendan@mozilla.org>
Message-id: <C2A86338-480C-4D91-ADD3-C815888C92E1@apple.com>
To: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>

On Oct 3, 2009, at 5:28 AM, Sam Ruby wrote:

> Statements that I feel people can all agree to:
> 1) People (as in users and customers) have, do, and will continue to  
> use "xmlns:" syntax in HTML, and have, do, and will continue to  
> build tools that solve their perceived use cases based on this syntax.

What's our goal for what we're calling  "Decentralized extensibility"?  
Is it to provide *any* form of extensibility that doesn't require  
centralized coordination? Or is it to provide a syntax that uses  
prefixes, colons as a separator, indirect prefix binding, URIs as  
namespace identifiers, and xmlns attributes to declare prefixes?

I get the sense that, for many people, only a solution that looks like  
Namespaces in XML will satisfy.

If that is indeed the case, should we rename this issue from  
"Decentralized extensibility" to "XML-style namespace syntax"?

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