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Re: Namespaces and XML/XHTML (was Re: State and Status of WAI-ARIA approach to host-language embedding)

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2008 23:04:48 +0300
Cc: www-tag@w3.org
Message-Id: <BBD7FCDB-DEAD-414B-9675-3EBB3FF2D912@iki.fi>
To: Henry S.Thompson <ht@inf.ed.ac.uk>

On Apr 18, 2008, at 11:17, Henry S. Thompson wrote:

> Henri Sivonen writes:
>>> Exactly -- having aria-role and aria:role as aliases is bad design.
>> Having only aria-foo and not having aria:foo solves the problem.
> That proposal is not, as far as I know, on the table -- I would  
> certainly argue against it as fundamentally breaking XML design  
> principles.

Actually, it is what is being implemented.

> As you can see from the minutes of yesterday's call, I'm struggling to
> understand what appears to be a strong antipathy towards namespaces
> for any purpose in some quarters:
> "HT: This constinuency that can't abide namespaces... why is it that
>      they can't?
> "DC: I don't know; I don't share their opinion, but I know they're
>      out there."
> Can you explain this?

The aria-foo vs. aria:foo issue is not about antipathy towards  
namespaces. It is a pragmatic choice in the face of legacy constraints  
(both spec and software).

Let's not allow namespace issues for other purposes get in the way of  

Henri Sivonen
Received on Saturday, 19 April 2008 20:05:29 UTC

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