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RE: minor questions and quibbles on V4 spec

From: Jim Davis <jdavis@parc.xerox.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 1997 09:33:59 PDT
Message-Id: <3.0.3.32.19971020093359.007e9bb0@mailback.parc.xerox.com>
To: Yaron Goland <yarong@microsoft.com>, w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
I'd just like to follow up on one point.

>2.6.6 My current understanding is that the XML namespace element
>supports scoped values. If this is indeed the case then it should be
>documented in the XML spec and we need take no action. if it is not true
>then we need to change our examples.

I'd claim that the examples should not use this feature.  You can't assume
that DAV readers will be XML experts.  DAV may be their first exposure to
XML, and they will be applying "common sense" when reading the spec.  This
XML feature is not totally obvious on first glance, therefore it adds
complexity to the reading of the examples, and it only saves two characters
per use, which is not worth the confusion in users.

Given that one can already abbreviate the URI prefixes to a single letter,
I would hope that anyone writing XML would write fully qualified names, and
not rely on XML namespace scoping to make thier tags unambiguous.

best regards

Jim



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