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Re: Namespace squatting: please don't

From: Sergey Melnik <melnik@db.stanford.edu>
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2000 22:35:42 -0700
Message-ID: <39C306AE.E6A36A4@db.stanford.edu>
To: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
CC: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
Dan,

I agree with your point and apologize for the inconvenience.

I'll create a proper namespace for my extensions. Thank you for the
hint.

Sergey

P.S.: 

<RDF xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#">
  Hammer worked, fly is dead...
  <But/> <isnt/> <pluralism/> <?beautiful?> ;)
</RDF>



Dan Connolly wrote:
> 
> I'm looking over recent RDF developments, and
> I wanted to find the namespace names of some
> of the various RDF syntax proposals out there
> so I could do a little XSLT hacking on them...
> 
> I just noticed the following:
> 
> [[[
>  <!ENTITY rdf  'http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#'>
>  <!ELEMENT section ANY>
>  <!ATTLIST section rdf:instance CDATA "">
> ]]]
> 
> --
> http://www-db.stanford.edu/~melnik/rdf/examples/text.xml.rdf
> Fri, 17 Dec 1999 00:17:04 GMT
> 
> That's inconsistent with the intended use of the namespace name
>         http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#
> 
> So... like...
> 
>         Hey, You Kids, Get Off My Lawn!
> 
>         -- http://www.goddamn.com/content/lawn.cfm
> 
> This is like the U.S. saying
> 
>         A centimeter isn't really 1/2.54th of an inch;
>         it's 1/4 of an inch.
> 
> What right does the U.S. have to say what a centimeter is?
> 
> If you want to make up new RDF namespaces, go for it!
> But make up a new name for it, OK? That way, we
> can write XSLT code (among other things) that deals
> with the new dialects and the old dialects, and
> doesn't get them confused.
> 
> If you want one that starts
> with http://www.w3.org/2000/ , just ask; maybe
> we'll give you one. There
> are plenty of URIs out there; crunch all you want;
> we'll make more. If you're in a pinch, send yourself
> a mail message, and use its message-id
> to make a mid URI. (see http://www.w3.org/Addressing/schemes#mid).
> 
> There's enough confusion about the RDF syntax without
> the active developers spreading inconsistent info about the use
> of the namespace name
>         http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#
> no?
> 
> --
> Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
Received on Saturday, 16 September 2000 01:20:27 GMT

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