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Re: namespace usage as assertions

From: james anderson <james.anderson@mecomnet.de>
Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2000 11:01:15 +0200
Message-ID: <39532759.225B44AC@mecomnet.de>
To: Larry Masinter <masinter@attlabs.att.com>
CC: xml-uri@w3.org

Larry Masinter wrote:
> ...  We're not very troubled with the distinction
> between 'is there a name for it?' and 'does it exist?'.
> I'm not sure why we're having trouble with similar distinctions between
> a URI and the resource that might be identified by it. Words and phrases
> are coined to name the previously unnamable, just as we invent URIs and
> URI schemes.

One reason is that the recommendation proclaims that namespace
identifiers concern the first question only ('is there a name for it?'),
but then uses in its examples identifers which entail the second
question ('does it exist?'). This could be fixed with a simple editorial change.
Another reason is that, from the position "a namespace 'is' a language",
the second question subsumes the first.
Received on Friday, 23 June 2000 04:49:26 UTC

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