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Re: Issue http://www.w3.org/2000/03/rdf-tracking/#rdf-ns-prefix-confusion

From: Art Barstow <barstow@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 20:50:02 -0400
To: Dave Beckett <dave.beckett@bristol.ac.uk>
Cc: rdf core <w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20010424205002.C4213@w3.org>

We discussed:


at a Team meeting and we propose:

1. The grammar in section 6. of the M&S spec:


 should be changed so that all of the RDF attributes (e.g. about,
 resource, etc.) are qualified with a RDF namespace.

2. Text along the lines of the following should be added to the M&S spec:

    All elements and attributes in RDF must be namespace qualified

Among the reasons for this position:

o It is a myth that unqualified attributes inherit the namespace of
 their enclosing element.   See the Namespace Myths, particularly
 Myth #4:


o XPath support is becoming more pervasive and by using it, finding
 qualified attributes is fairly easy

o Search engines (such as google) would have trouble following pointers
 from one RDF document to another and a simple XPath expression to find
 pointers would help them without having to process all of RDF

o Prefixed attributes work today with most of the deployed code

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