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

From: Bill de hÓra <dehora@eircom.net>
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2002 17:56:51 -0000
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> From: Thomas B. Passin [mailto:tpassin@home.com] 
>
> > [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.


So long as it's recognised that for practical purposes, namespaces
direct behaviour. Once used as a namespace, that URI begins to have an
interpretation as an argument to a decision made in code.

Bill de hÓra
Received on Wednesday, 6 February 2002 13:01:31 GMT

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