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Re: ACTION NW 2004/05/14: Propose text on tradeoffs for section 4.2.2.

From: Norman Walsh <Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM>
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2004 14:12:25 -0400
To: Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>
Cc: www-tag@w3.org
Message-id: <87acynimba.fsf@nwalsh.com>
/ Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu> was heard to say:
| At 10:34 AM -0400 6/28/04, Norman Walsh wrote:
|>It follows that there are significant tradeoffs to be considered when
|>deciding on a namespace change policy. If your existing vocabulary has
|>no extensibility points (if it does not allow elements or attributes
|>>From foreign namespaces or have a mechanism for dealing with
|>unrecognized names from the same namespace), it may be absolutely
|>necessary to change the namespace name.
| This is an issue for processing software, not for the XML vocabulary
| itself. No XML vocabulary needs a mechanism for dealing with
| unrecognized names. The problem would only be in software that reads
| the vocabulary.

Well, a vocabulary that never gets processed probably isn't very
useful. I see your point that it's a processing issue, but it's also
true that if you want to enable low(er)-cost extensibility, that's a
goal that will have an impact on your language design.

                                        Be seeing you,

Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM / XML Standards Architect / Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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