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RE: Name namespace, namespaces and names in general

From: Russell Steven Shawn O'Connor <roconnor@uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2000 17:03:29 -0500 (EST)
To: W3C HTML <www-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.95q.1000214165947.15014A-100000@wronski.math.uwaterloo.ca>
On 14 Feb 2000 rev-bob@gotc.com wrote:

> Take, for example, the original concept of the Web.  It was designed
> as a way for scholars to exchange academic information.  However,
> those same tools were put to unintended uses, leading to the vast
> explosion of Web pages on all kinds of subjects that we see today.

This is a poor anology.  The web wasn't created with the instructions: Use
Only For Exchange of Academic Information.  No processor uses that
assumption.  But SGML was created with the instruction: Decalere an ID
only once per document, and processors probably depend on that assumption.
> Advocating that a tool be used correctly (hold the saw's handle, not
> the blade) is different from mandating that a tool only be used for a
> certain set of purposes (use the saw on pine, not oak).  

Or as a friend of mine once said, ``Why use a hammer to pound a nail when
you can use your head.''  ;-)

Russell O'Connor                           roconnor@uwaterloo.ca
``Paradoxically, a refusal to `put a monetary value on life' means that
life is often undervalued.'' -- Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach
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