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Re: On XPointer and the context-independence of URIs

From: Norman Walsh <Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2002 11:44:14 -0400
To: www-tag@w3.org
Message-ID: <87r8i12g8h.fsf@nwalsh.com>

/ Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org> was heard to say:
|> so I don't see how context-independence by itself is an unassailable
|> argument for requiring xmlns().
| Right, that's not the whole argument. The point is: the
| base URI context dependency is known to everything that
| knows about URI references. You can't introduce more
| context without teaching all the URI software...
| which is pretty much impossible.

Fair point. I fell into the trap of imagining that only software that
wanted to understand the meaning of the XPointer fragment identifier
would have to understand the dependency.

But lots of software exists that examines URIs without understanding
the syntax of the fragment identifier.

Ah...there's nothing quite so capable of exposing one's
short-sightedness as posting to a public forum. :-)

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