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Re: the case of two bats

From: David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk>
Date: Sun, 21 May 2000 11:40:43 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200005211040.LAA14614@nag.co.uk>
To: connolly@w3.org
CC: xml-uri@w3.org

  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.
No but this sort of document is more likely

	<aDoc xmlns:a="foo" >
	  <a:bat>baseball bat</a:bat>
	  <a:bat>flying bat</a:bat>

If you change the namespace spec then this document becomes a completely
new kind of beast: an XML document whose element names change as the
document is copied from one place to another. 

This _completely_ changes the interpretation of the document.

I accept that you (and Tim Berners-Lee) consider the new interpretation
to be better, I disagree, but that's OK, disagreements are what make
life interesting.

What is not OK is the repeated insistence that the change is a minor
clarification that won't change existing documents much. It is a major
change to _any_ document that is affected at all. (Documents using
absolute namespace URI, which of course is the majority, are not

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