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Re: Update on namespaces

From: Peter Murray-Rust <Peter@ursus.demon.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 1997 23:28:00 GMT
Message-Id: <8157@ursus.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
In message <> Tim Bray writes:
> This is something along the lines of the the colon-prefixing that
> was proposed by both Microsoft and the Japanese WG8 submission, e.g.
> <book:price>11.99</book:price>.  This has two downsides: it requires
> a change in XML-lang (albeit not much, just allow ':' in namechar), and
> you can't get all the information you need from a normal SGML parser
> without some postprocessing.  It has a big upside in that all the
> information you need is right there in the document and lightweight
> processors get at it easily.  It's more in the XML style in that
> all the info is right there in the instance and you don't need
> any help to figure out what's going on.

I've read the subsequent discussion and tried to understand the implications 
of implementing #2; my impression is that there is a non-trivial overhead.
I'd like to support #3, as it's the easiest to write software for both at
parse time and postprocessing (and those are important XML criteria).  As a 
dirty webhacker I appreciate that this may be less elegant than AFs, but I 
think it's robust and easily understood.


Peter Murray-Rust, domestic net connection
Virtual School of Molecular Sciences
Received on Wednesday, 18 June 1997 18:39:12 UTC

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