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Re: Why are relative NS identifiers used?

From: Simon St.Laurent <simonstl@simonstl.com>
Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 10:58:36 -0400
Message-Id: <200005191456.KAA08727@hesketh.net>
To: keshlam@us.ibm.com, "xml-uri@w3.org" <xml-uri@w3.org>
At 10:49 AM 5/19/00 -0400, keshlam@us.ibm.com wrote:
>>For example, it might be in order to look up the namespace
>>(by its URI) in an RDF database and determine its "xmlSchema" property.
>>That can't be done unless the namespace is a resource named by a true URI,
>>because RDF is about properties of resources.
>
>I'm sorry about sounding like a scratched record (now there's a metaphor
>that's dying out!) ... but please consider my xmlns-binding: proposal. It
>is possible to define a way for a namespace to be associated with a true
>URI without the namespace name having to _be_ that URI.

That extra level of indirection would solve most of my concerns about XML
Schemas monopolizing namespace URIs.

>I really think that's the point we're getting hung up on. Some folks are
>insisting that the namespace name itself must serve this role... and by
>assuming that specific solution are locking themselves into a set of
>semantics that conflicts with the needs of the Namespace spec.

That's a nice way to summarize it.  We'll see if it goes anywhere...

Simon St.Laurent
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