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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>

-public-html
+www-archive
...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  
w3.org.

    http://www.w3.org/blog/systeam/2008/02/08/w3c_s_excessive_dtd_traffic

Moreover, that advantage is pretty moot given  
http://www.google.com/search?q=w3c:xlink

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 GMT

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