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Re: XML namespaces on the Web

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2009 14:01:14 -0500
Message-ID: <4B02F2FA.1050502@mit.edu>
To: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>
CC: public-html@w3.org, public-xml-core-wg@w3.org
On 11/17/09 1:47 PM, John Cowan wrote:
> The XML spec doesn't constrain software that makes no claim of conformance
> to it, so that objection is merely technical.

Sure, browsers could stop claiming to support XML and just do random 
stuff with XML documents.  They're not doing that because they feel that 
this would lead to people creating XML that doesn't interoperate with 
existing XML toolchains (as has happened with feeds).

And possibly also due to the political fallout of such an action, of course.

> What's the point of blurring the line?

Good question.  What's the point of making XML less precise?  What's the 
point of making HTML less concise and less forgiving?  It seems like 
there are people who want one or the other (or both), based on the 
threads that I've seen here...  You'll have to ask them _why_ they want 
those, of course.

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