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Re: Namespace names: a modification of a semi-serious proposal

From: Simon St.Laurent <simonstl@simonstl.com>
Date: Sat, 27 May 2000 19:41:10 -0400
Message-Id: <200005272339.TAA14370@hesketh.net>
To: xml-uri@w3.org
At 07:31 PM 5/27/00 -0400, Clark C. Evans wrote:
>Ok.  As a compromise....
>
>    DEFINE NAMESPACE EQUIVALENCE AS A BYTE-FOR-BYTE COMPARISON
>    OF THE RESOURCE AS RESOLVED *AND* RETRIEVED.
>
>  One might complain that this would require internet access or
>  excessive processing.  However, with appropriate use of 
>  'expired' header, the "namespace service" could very easily 
>  maintain a cache of these resources off line; or a even just 
>  a hash-value.  For those proceses which are *never* connected 
>  to the internet; an alternative local, platform specific, 
>  registry could be used.   Overall, I don't see the problem.

I've got to complain about that simply on grounds of the amount of
infrastructure required to process a 'name'.  Caching resources, which
could conceivably be enormous, and which might very well not exist?  

Explaining that to the folks trying to process XML within PDAs and even
smaller devices (which were an explicit goal of XML 1.0) sounds like a task
for the extremely brave.

Simon St.Laurent
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