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Re: Are *relative* URIs as namespace nemes considered harmful?

From: <keshlam@us.ibm.com>
Date: Tue, 16 May 2000 14:48:01 -0400
To: John Cowan <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
cc: "xml-uri@w3.org" <xml-uri@w3.org>
Message-ID: <852568E1.0067426B.00@D51MTA03.pok.ibm.com>
>> Relative URIs are a fine thing when you want them to resolve differently
as
>> you move a group of files from place to place. But namespace names do
not
>> want that behavior; the expanded name {nsuri}localname wants to stay
>> _stable_ as the document is relocated.

>Well, then don't use them if that's the property you want *your* names to
>have.

Should I reply equally tersely? "If you don't want the defined behavior of
namespace names, don't expect namespace names to directly solve your
problem."

This is why many of us voted for the Literal String solution. It gives us a
version that permits the reliable recognizability promised by Namespaces,
_and_ permits relative syntax for those who want that option. The
alternatives all seem to break one community or the other.

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Joe Kesselman  / IBM Research
Received on Tuesday, 16 May 2000 14:48:31 UTC

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