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Re: Inherent Namespace Ambiguities - A Serious Fundamental Problem?

From: Henry S. Thompson <ht@cogsci.ed.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2003 14:36:59 +0100
To: Svgdeveloper@aol.com
Cc: xml-names-editor@w3.org, www-xml-blueberry-comments@w3.org, public-qt-comments@w3.org, www-tag@w3.org
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Namespaces are not about disambiguating the semantics of names, just
names as such and their ownership.  The fact that given a name in a
namespace per XML Namespaces 1.0 you can't even tell whether it names
an element, and attribute, an ID or all three already makes that

This is not a bug, it's a feature -- as Michael Kay says,
interpretation is always context-bound, that's in the nature of names.

  Henry S. Thompson, HCRC Language Technology Group, University of Edinburgh
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