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RE: what's wrong with using XML Schema/HTML/RDF to document namespaces?

From: Chris Wilper <cwilper@cs.cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 12:28:35 -0500
Message-ID: <FB4F95390166B14C90E4DD950D69D6E21A801C@EXCHVS2.cs.cornell.edu>
To: "Tim Bray" <tbray@textuality.com>, "Dan Connolly" <connolly@w3.org>
Cc: <www-tag@w3.org>

Tim Bray said:
> I stand by what I said in http://www.textuality.com/tag/Issue8.html ...

Let me address #2 as it relates to the "namespace description" debate.

> "Namespaces vary widely in semantic effect."
> ...
> Some namespaces make strong claims as to the content and structure. 
> Examples would include MathML and and SVG, which come with 
> very complete descriptions of their allowed content and 
> semantics.

- A namespace is a set of names.
- A schema specifies syntax with regard to names from one/multiple namespace(s)
- A language has names, syntax, and semantics.

The concepts of namespace and language are being confused when
you imply that it's possible for a namespace to "claim" or "describe" 
syntax and semantics.  Do you think this is a problem or do you see 
it from another angle?

- Chris
Received on Tuesday, 10 December 2002 12:29:13 UTC

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