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Re: [CSS3] xml namespace

From: Henry S. Thompson <ht@inf.ed.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2005 17:07:09 +0100
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <f5b7jipcyj6.fsf@erasmus.inf.ed.ac.uk>

Ian Hickson writes:

> 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.

I hear you, but you are operating in a constrained environment here
--- Insofar as you're adding namespace support to CSS3, you really
ought to do so in a way that respects the Namespace REC itself as
closely as possible.  It simply confuses users if you take
almost-all-but-not-quite of what that REC says, and it says that 'xml'
is pre-bound exclusively and irrevocably to
'http://www.w3.org/XML/1998/namespace' and _vice versa_.

I don't see how it makes things more complicated for _users_, and it's
trivial for implementors.

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