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Re: CURIEs: A proposal

From: Henry S. Thompson <ht@inf.ed.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 09 Jun 2006 11:15:45 +0100
To: mark.birbeck@x-port.net
Cc: www-tag@w3.org, public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org, newsml-2@yahoogroups.com
Message-ID: <f5bodx27hym.fsf@erasmus.inf.ed.ac.uk>

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Mark Birbeck writes:

> Secondly, and more importantly, I'm proposing that many current uses
> of QNames should actually be CURIEs, and we therefore need to ensure
> backwards compatibiliy. For example, in your own work, Henry, XML
> Schemas should not be using QNames to identify datatypes for use in
> other langauges, or to name simple and complex types in schema
> definitions. Equally, XPath functions should not be declared using
> QNames.

Sorry, I strongly disagree.  It's up to language designers to decide
whether they want to give things simple names, in namespaces, or not.
If the decide to do that, as XML Schema did for element and attribute
declarations and type definitions, or as XPath did for functions, then
QNames are the _correct_ short syntax, precisely because the semantics
of a QName is an expanded name, i.e. a name in a namespace.

ht
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