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Re: [Sax-devel] SAX and xmlns attributes

From: David Brownell <david-b@pacbell.net>
Date: Thu, 16 May 2002 11:24:04 -0700
To: Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>, Elena Litani <elitani@ca.ibm.com>, sax-devel@lists.sourceforge.net
Cc: xml-names-editor@w3.org
Message-id: <28c301c1fd06$dd01d340$6800000a@krypton>
> Adding a namespace mapping for xmlns that didn't exist before is a 
> lot more than an erratum. It's a major change in the spec, and it's 
> being pushed as an erratum to try to sidestep for the normal and 
> involved process for revising a spec to a new version. 

Yes.  W3C, what _are_ you thinking?

Considering that I explicitly raised this question in the review
cycle for the Namespace REC, and the resolution was put into
the final REC, it's clear to me that changing this is exactly what
Elliotte says:  sidestepping the official W3C process to generate
a new (and in this case incompatible) revision of the spec.

The SAX 2.0.1 documentation does note that it conforms to the
original namespace spec.  (Which is VERY explicit about there
not being a namespace URI for "xmlns".)

- Dave
Received on Thursday, 16 May 2002 14:26:26 UTC

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