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RE: Significant W3C Confusion over Namespace Meaning and Policy

From: Jonathan Borden <jonathan@openhealth.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2005 19:52:03 -0500
Message-Id: <200502110052.j1B0q5Lf071737@ohcg.spinweb.net>
To: "'John Boyer'" <JBoyer@PureEdge.com>, <www-tag@w3.org>

John Boyer wrote:
...  Since you can't have two different collections of names that are
identical, changing the collection of names should imply the obligation to
change the URI too.  The W3C pub rules have supported this interpretation
when it says that namespaces should not be changed in this way in order to
"give a specification the necessary stability."

-- You can argue that this ought be the case, and this is a reasonable
argument. Unfortunately, the fact is that the W3C process has not followed
this argument. For example the recent set of RDF specs change the names in
the RDF namespace without changing the URIref of the RDF namespace. From a
practical point of view, W3C namespaces are found to contain a variable
collection of names with respect to time.

Jonathan
Received on Friday, 11 February 2005 00:52:08 GMT

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