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Re: [xml-dev] Namespace and URIs

From: John Cowan <cowan@mercury.ccil.org>
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2002 19:46:06 -0500 (EST)
To: Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net>
CC: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>, XML DEV <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>, TAG <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-Id: <E16cbwU-0006O0-00@mercury.ccil.org>
Paul Prescod scripsit:

> One view or the other needs to be standardized.

To my mind, the upshot of the xml-uri debate was that namespaces
have a string property called "namespace name" which has the
syntax of a non-relative URI reference.

I'll repeat that.

Namespaces have a *string* property called "namespace name"
which has the *syntax* of a non-relative URI reference.

Namespaces are equal if their namespace names are string-equal.

It is an open question whether namespaces also have URIs, and if so,
whether those URIs (represented as strings) are equal to
their names.  I tried to argue for the position that the
best URI for a namespace was "data:,<namespaceName>" but nobody
bought it at the time, and in hindsight I think that was wise.

-- 
John Cowan           http://www.ccil.org/~cowan              cowan@ccil.org
To say that Bilbo's breath was taken away is no description at all.  There
are no words left to express his staggerment, since Men changed the language
that they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful.
        --_The Hobbit_
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