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Re: [CSS3] xml namespace

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2005 16:01:38 +0000 (UTC)
To: "Henry S. Thompson" <ht@inf.ed.ac.uk>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.61.0504261558520.4611@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Tue, 26 Apr 2005, Henry S. Thompson wrote:
> >
> > What's the use case? [for binding 'xml' to the XML namespace 
> > automatically] This seems like it would complicate the spec and the 
> > implementations, as well as make full tutorials slightly more 
> > complicated, without any real benefit to the end user. When would you 
> > ever use this namespace in CSS?
> I have no idea

I am very reluctant for us to add features without good use cases, 
especially when they make things more complicated.

> if namespaces are useful in selectors, then I need this namespace if I 
> ever want to select the attributes in the xml namespace.

Should you ever want to do that, you can bind the namespace manually. I 
can't see any likely use case for using the XML namespace in selectors, 
though, personally.

I could see an argument for prebinding the 'html' prefix, since that would 
be very commonly used, although I don't think even that would outweigh the 
resulting possible confusion.

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