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Namespaces and XML/XHTML (was Re: State and Status of WAI-ARIA approach to host-language embedding)

From: Henry S. Thompson <ht@inf.ed.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2008 09:17:53 +0100
To: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Cc: www-tag@w3.org
Message-ID: <f5btzhz37bi.fsf@hildegard.inf.ed.ac.uk>

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Henri Sivonen writes:

>> Exactly -- having aria-role and aria:role as aliases is bad design.
> Having only aria-foo and not having aria:foo solves the problem.

That proposal is not, as far as I know, on the table -- I would
certainly argue against it as fundamentally breaking XML design
principles.

As you can see from the minutes of yesterday's call, I'm struggling to
understand what appears to be a strong antipathy towards namespaces
for any purpose in some quarters:

 "HT: This constinuency that can't abide namespaces... why is it that
      they can't?

 "DC: I don't know; I don't share their opinion, but I know they're
      out there."

Can you explain this?

ht
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