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RE: what's wrong with using XML Schema/HTML/RDF to document namespaces?

From: Dare Obasanjo <dareo@microsoft.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2002 14:14:22 -0800
Message-ID: <B885BEDCB3664E4AB1C72F1D85CB29F804B7C708@RED-MSG-10.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
To: "Dan Connolly" <connolly@w3.org>, <www-tag@w3.org>

The question you should first ask yourself is "What is the purpose of
namespace documents?". I suggest reading Tim Bray's 14 theses of
namespace documents at http://www.textuality.com/tag/Issue8.html
particularly focusing on points 7, 10,12,13 and 14. 

Tim has already made good arguments as to why a schema (not just one
conforming to the W3C XML Schema recommendation) is not the most
desirable document to use as a namespace document. From my perspective,
the clamor for namespace documents has always been about human readable
documents available at "design time", a schema of any sort does not fit
the bill especially not a W3C XML Schema document. I wouldn't mind
seeing documentation based on a schema such as the output of XS3P
(http://titanium.dstc.edu.au/xml/xs3p/) the results of GETing an
namespace document. 

Freedom is the right to be wrong not the right to do wrong.

This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dan Connolly [mailto:connolly@w3.org] 
> Sent: Monday, December 09, 2002 12:59 PM
> To: www-tag@w3.org
> I invite folks to use this namespace
> name in their documents:
>   http://www.w3.org/XML/2000/04schema-hacking/my
> If you GET that thing, you'll find
> an XML Schema document which allows
> a machine to distinguish a syntactic
> subset of XML documents that are
> consistent with my expectations.
> Why is that not OK?
> i.e. DaveO, please elaborate...
> "20:49:07 [DaveO]
> I will object to XML Schema being OK."
>  -- http://www.w3.org/2002/12/09-tagmem-irc
> Likewise
>   http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns
> if you dereference that, you get an RDF Schema.
> What's wrong with that?
> Likewise, if you dereference
>   http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml
> you get an HTML document.
> What's wrong with that?
> --
> Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
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