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Re: Finalised Glossary Definitions

From: Mark Nottingham <mnot@akamai.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2001 20:21:34 -0800
To: Andrew Layman <andrewl@microsoft.com>
Cc: xml-dist-app@w3.org
Message-ID: <20010321202132.E17926@akamai.com>

Hmm, 'targetting' is something that we've defined has to do with
finding the appropriate processor (as in, targetting an
intermediary), rather than finding the right handler. Perhaps we
should come up with another name for that task.

I'm very far from being a namespaces expert - could you expand on why
this would be bad design? I very much agree that it would be a
mistake to make that assumption about all namespaces under the XML
sun. Why would it be bad design to specify so within the confines of
our work?

Hugo/Yves - can we get some sort of comment from the appropriate
WG/people about this? (if they haven't already)


On Wed, Mar 21, 2001 at 03:13:42PM -0800, Andrew Layman wrote:
> I have not followed this thread, so I may be missing some context, but
> the suggestion to use namespaces to target anything appears to go
> against the intention of the Namespaces specification.  A namespace is
> simply a means to disambiguate names.  One could, for some namespaces,
> infer some semantics associated with the namespace as a whole, but that
> would certainly not be true of all namespaces (and would also, in my
> opinion, be bad design).
> One might very reasonably say that an element name or type causes
> association with a particular handler.  It is also true that element
> names and types are often associated with namespaces.  But, the
> "targetting" is better a function of the element name or type than the
> namespace lending that name or type universal identification.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mark Nottingham [mailto:mnot@akamai.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2001 12:24 PM
> To: Jean-Jacques Moreau
> Cc: Mark Jones; skw@hplb.hpl.hp.com; Frystyk; xml-dist-app@w3.org
> Subject: Re: Finalised Glossary Definitions
> On Wed, Mar 21, 2001 at 03:44:54PM +0100, Jean-Jacques Moreau wrote:
> > 
> > Ah, yes! but this is precisely why, in my opinion, we should be
> > targetting handlers, not processors or nodes. The actor attribute
> > (or the <namespace:tag>, if we follow that route), would be used
> > for that purpose.
> I think that the idea is to use the namespace to target handlers,
> actors to target processors/nodes.
> Cheers, 
> -- 
> Mark Nottingham, Research Scientist
> Akamai Technologies (San Mateo, CA USA)

Mark Nottingham, Research Scientist
Akamai Technologies (San Mateo, CA USA)
Received on Wednesday, 21 March 2001 23:21:40 UTC

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