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Re: Welcome to the XML-URI list

From: Clark C. Evans <cce@clarkevans.com>
Date: Mon, 15 May 2000 15:33:50 -0400 (EDT)
To: Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>
cc: xml-uri@w3.org, Michael Champion <mike.champion@softwareag-usa.com>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.10.10005151508580.28010-100000@clarkevans.com>
Tim,

Is Mike Champion's summary correct or am I 
missing an important detail?   I can certainly
see the complexity that comes with a relative,
or "context sensitive" namespace mechanism.

Is there a use-case summary?  It would help to 
see what is gained with this additional complexity.
Perhaps a cost/benefit analysis would help us along.
If the benefit is clear, then I believe most of us 
would gladly accept the additional complexity.

I'm sure you have already gone through this; however,
are there existing othogonal mechanisms which could 
satisfy the above mentioned use-case requirements?
For instance; could entities, or server-side-includes 
be used to "contextualize" the namespace at an 
organization's boundary?   In other words, could a
lower-level mechanism do the dirty-work; or is this
option too messy?

On another note; given adequate tools what kind of 
configuration management burdens would this introduce
to the average user?   I am a bit worried that this 
may shift the burden from large organizations capable
of managing the "internal complexity" to small 
organizations which may have a more difficult time 
handling the "exported complexity".   So, I guess
I'm asking about the user impact; already namespaces
(especially the multiple-partition stuff) impose
significant complexity on XML; will this make it
much worse?  What parts can't be automated/hidden?

It is great to have a public discussion for this
important issue; I'm looking forward to a 
thoughtful discussion.  Thank you.

Kind Regards,

Clark
Received on Monday, 15 May 2000 15:30:37 GMT

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