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Re: ERB decision: colon as name character

From: Paul Prescod <papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 1997 20:44:57 -0400
Message-ID: <33B70189.DF1D47F5@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
To: W3C SGML Working Group <w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org>
Michael Sperberg-McQueen wrote:
> The inference you are drawing is unwarranted:  there is no guarantee
> that the name-space solution eventually adopted for XML will use
> colons in names.  

I'm not inferring it. I'm inferring that others will infer it. :) My
concern is that all future namespace research will start from: "What's a
good way to use that colon?" It's like if my wife sets aside a room in
the house and says its the children's room -- if we ever have children.
The room will become a vacuum waiting to be filled!

I can see your problem of the in- and out-crowd . I suppose I would
prefer if the : were merely reserved for "experimentation" (into
whatever). I might use it to represent OOP inheritance hierarchies.

We could also bite the bullet and reserve "::" and let
'namechar:namechar' be used (for experimentation or whatever). That
would have the benefit of not breaking the experiments when the final
solution is rolled out.

 Paul Prescod
Received on Sunday, 29 June 1997 20:45:43 EDT

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