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Re: URLs and URNs

From: John Cowan <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
Date: Wed, 17 May 2000 14:26:55 -0400
Message-ID: <3922E46F.1D8BA53F@reutershealth.com>
To: David Hunter <david.hunter@mobileQ.COM>, "xml-uri@w3.org" <xml-uri@w3.org>
David Hunter wrote:

> Given this, and given the fact that the Namespace rec treats namespace names
> as strings, and not URIs, could someone (preferably in the know) explain why
> the Namespace rec uses URIs at all, and doesn't specify URNs must be used
> for namespace names?

In a word, because essentially anybody can allocate an URL, whereas URNs weren't
really ready for prime time.  If you can post a Web page on a free server,
you can create a unique namespace name.


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