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Re: [xml-dev] Namespace and URIs

From: Patrick Stickler <patrick.stickler@nokia.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2002 16:17:41 +0200
To: ext Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net>, "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
CC: XML DEV <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>, WWW TAG <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-ID: <B896D9A5.ED68%patrick.stickler@nokia.com>
On 2002-02-18 1:09, "ext Paul Prescod" <paul@prescod.net> wrote:

> The RDDL view is that they DO have identity, meaning and structure and
> can thus have schemas and stylesheets associated with them.

Well, it's one thing to say tht they have meaning or structure and can
have resources associated with them, but it's another thing to equate
them to specific vocabularies, document models, schemas, etc. which in
all fairness are individual resources in their own right independent
from any namespace.

> If namespaces are NOT things with identity and internal structure (i.e.
> they are just punctuation) then we should never have used URIs to refer
> to them. 

Not necessarily. It's useful for namespaces to be mnemmonic. It's useful
for namespaces to inherit the global uniqueness characteristics of URIs.

I have no problems with using URIs to denote namespaces, only with
URLs being used for namespaces ;-)


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