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Re: LC-56: schemaPrefix

From: Henry S. Thompson <ht@cogsci.ed.ac.uk>
Date: 22 Jun 2000 23:07:38 +0100
To: "Arnold, Curt" <Curt.Arnold@hyprotech.com>
Cc: "'www-xml-schema-comments@w3.org'" <www-xml-schema-comments@w3.org>
Message-ID: <f5bn1kdid3p.fsf@cogsci.ed.ac.uk>
"Arnold, Curt" <Curt.Arnold@hyprotech.com> writes:

> James Clark pointed out to me that XSLT actually had a mechanism
> (namespace nodes) for accessing the namespace mappings so it is
> possible to resolve QNames without additional information which
> resolves my initial motivation for this comment.
> However, I believe that some kind of hint of the anticipated prefix
> (suggestedTargetPrefix attribute on schema element?) would be useful
> in documentation generation and use by schema-aware editors.  For
> example, XSLT could suggest using "xsl", schema could suggest "xsd",
> etc.

I feel strongly that this would cause more harm than good, by
encouraging the misunderstanding that the prefixes have _any_
non-local significance whatsoever.  Even one otherwise useful
application which welded in a prefix would be a major waste of
everyone's time!

  Henry S. Thompson, HCRC Language Technology Group, University of Edinburgh
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