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Re: AW: Update on namespaces

From: Martin Bryan <mtbryan@sgml.u-net.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 1997 19:03:16 +0100
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At 08:44 20/6/97 -0700, Tim Bray wrote:
>At 09:56 AM 20/06/97 +0100, Martin Bryan wrote:
>>A namespace separator  was defined by WG8 5-6 years ago for the revision of
>>ISO 9070. It is "::". Please don't expect WG8 to adopt an alternative one
>>just to please the XML ERB.
>Uh, for those who don't have it at the front of their minds, that would be:
> ISO/IEC 9070:1991 Information technology -- SGML support facilities --  
> Registration procedures for public text owner identifiers 
>The relevance of this particular standard is open to question.

It defines ISO's formal rules for structured naming of objects. Obviously
this is of no interest to the XML ERB, even though it was developed by WG8.
We all know by now that the ERB has nothing to do with applying ISO rules!

>if this is something that is going to be used as part of SGML markup 
>(which it clearly is, sitting in the middle of the GI) then self-evidently
>the syntax must be abstract, there must be a role for this, NMSPPFX, or
>some such, which we can make concrete as ':', right? -T.

In a minute you will notice that nearly (if not) every example of structured
namespaces produced by a member of WG8 that has been placed on this list
uses :: rather than : - I wonder why?

Any guesses what the WG8 panel are likely to assign as the default to NMSPPFX?
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