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Re: Namespaces are Simply Punctuation (was Re: [namespaceDocument-8] What should a "namespace document" look like?)

From: Thomas B. Passin <tpassin@home.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2002 09:59:31 -0500
Message-ID: <003c01c1af1e$e25d75a0$0bf13044@tbp>
To: <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
[Patrick Stickler

> namespace == punctuation
>
>   A namespace is nothing more than punctuation. It prevents
>   local names from colliding in a context of global syndication
>   of names.
>
>   One cannot presume nor assert that a namespace denotes anything;
>   not a vocabulary, not a doctype, not a web resource. Once used
>   as a namespace, that URI ceases to have interpretation as a URI.
>

At last!  This comes up on other lists, too, it's not just RDF.  Let's hope
that everyone else finally sees the light, too.  Nicely expressed, Patrick.

Cheers,

Tom P
Received on Wednesday, 6 February 2002 09:56:49 GMT

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