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Namespace URIs (was: Re: SVG and MathML in text/html)

From: Simon Pieters <simonp@opera.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2008 19:58:10 +0100
To: "Doug Schepers" <schepers@w3.org>, "Boris Zbarsky" <bzbarsky@mit.edu>
Cc: "www-archive@w3.org" <www-archive@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.t72my8t4idj3kv@hp-a0a83fcd39d2.belkin>

...as this is getting slightly off-topic for the HTML WG and I don't like  
spamming the list.

On Sat, 15 Mar 2008 19:27:12 +0100, Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org> wrote:

> The advantage to "http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink" though is that it can be  
> pasted into a browser, and resolves to a page that explains what it is  
> and where to find the spec. "http://w3.org/xlink" could do the same,  
> easily.

There are disadvantages to that, too, though. The URI is not meant to be  
dereferenced, but since it is dereferencable, it *is* by a lot of lazy  
scripts and crappy software, which leads to an ongoing DDoS attack at  


Moreover, that advantage is pretty moot given  

On a related note, the namespace URI convention used at the W3C has  
changed not so long ago to not include the year, but that only affects new  
namespace URIs (like XBL2).

Simon Pieters
Opera Software
Received on Saturday, 15 March 2008 18:58:49 UTC

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