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Re: tricky XHTML 1.0 namespace question

From: John Cowan <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 11:29:17 -0500
Message-ID: <388494DD.5049B681@reutershealth.com>
To: "www-html@w3.org" <www-html@w3.org>
"Henry S. Thompson" wrote:

> I guess my problem here is that asking XHTML to say they _don't_ do
> this falls into the category of what the technical writer who taught
> me technical writing called the Spurious Negative.  In general, he
> said, avoid statements like "Relay 12 does not energise at this point."

I take your point, but not all negatives are spurious.  A statement
like "At this point, the user MUST NOT stick his finger in Socket 22"
is not a spurious negative, but a useful warning.  Similarly, a
warning like "In XHTML elements, attributes MUST NOT be given a
namespace prefix" is extremely useful, since experience shows it is
the kind of mistake that will otherwise be made.


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