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Re: the case of two bats

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 20 May 2000 19:13:59 -0500
Message-ID: <39272A47.2F44A010@w3.org>
To: John Cowan <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
CC: "xml-uri@w3.org" <xml-uri@w3.org>
John Cowan wrote:
> Dan Connolly wrote:
> > But does that motivate a special exception to make namespace
> > identifier syntax different from identifiers for all
> > other Web resources?
> No.  What people say is calling for an exception is the fact that
> we already blessed a different interpretation, and cannot afford
> (morally) to orphan documents (and piss off document authors)
> that depend on it.

Hang on... I haven't see any documents that would suffer from
a revision of the namespace spec to say "expand the xmlns
attribute value to absolute form before comparing it with
other namespace names" ... I have only seen implementations
that don't do it.

A document such as
	<aDoc xmlns:a="./foo" xmlns:b="././foo">
	  <a:bat>baseball bat</a:bat>
	  <b:bat>flying bat</b:bat>
would suffer a change in interpretation under the "expand the xmlns..."
change, but I haven't seen any evidence that such documents
are in use.

I understand the motivation for an exception based on
interoperability with present implementations, but I don't
see any motivation based on existing documents.

Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
Received on Saturday, 20 May 2000 20:14:17 UTC

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