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Re: Grinding to a halt on Issue 27.

From: Rick Jelliffe <ricko@topologi.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2003 01:20:45 +1000
Message-ID: <01b601c30e62$e7c7f110$4bc8a8c0@AlletteSystems.com>
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Roy T. Fielding writes

> Using localized characters in a namespace name
> is an incredibly stupid idea that will result in systems that do not work
> as well as those that stick to ascii URI.  

Sure, anyone who is interested in allowing foreigners to use their namespace URIs
will prudently use ASCII and probably English-derived names, unless they are
mad or militant.  But people who use (or want to use) non-ASCII characters, 
whether delimited or literal, are probably not interested that their namespace 
URIs may break on some foreigner's systems (if, indeed, they would).  

It is not "incredibly stupid".  Indeed, if they are already using non-ASCII
characters in names for elements and data, probably there is little chance that
people outside their language or written-script would be interested in
their namespace.  

People who want to send XML data (using a namespace of their own
devising as distinct from, say, a standard namespace from W3C) 
to people in the same locale only[1] is not an edge case, but may be 
the typical case. 

Rick Jelliffe

Received on Tuesday, 29 April 2003 11:16:57 UTC

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