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RE: How namespace names might be used

From: Jelks Cabaniss <jelks@jelks.nu>
Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2000 14:07:36 -0400
To: <xml-uri@w3.org>
Michael Mealling wrote:

> I have never, ever suggested that always retrieving the resource should
> be the expected behavior. ...

But Mr. Connolly has (as has, if I mistake not, Mr. Berners-Lee):

JR> Specifically, the new approach of putting XML Schema files at
JR> locations specified by W3C namespace names should be immediately stopped
JR> until there is a consensus about this.

DC> Again, why not? It works, and it's useful.

This "why not" was asked _after_ Rick Jelliffe's to-the-point explanation[1],
and _after_ other posts, especially by David Carlisle, describing in
excruciating detail the numerous problems of "why not".

But ... the more fundamental question, framed even earlier by Walter Perry[2]
about the very assumption of this whole namespaces/semantics business, has never
been answered.

Pointing out the problem of a "command economy" in 1917 likely would have
elicited a similar response ... or got you labeled a Tsarist.  It took 73 years
to (half-heartedly) abandon that folly, and they're still sorting out the mess.


[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/xml-uri/2000Jun/0335.html
[2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/xml-uri/2000Jun/0189.html
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