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Re: Irony heaped on irony

From: John Aldridge <john.aldridge@informatix.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 26 May 2000 12:05:23 +0100
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To: "David Brownell" <david-b@pacbell.net>, <xml-dev@xml.org>, <xml-uri@w3.org>
At 08:48 26/05/00 +0100, David Brownell wrote:
>The "XML Namespaces" specification is quite clear that the
>purpose of a namespace "Universal Resource IDENTIFIER" is
>identification, not location.

But this whole debate is not about what "XML Namespaces" says (that's 
largely uncontentious), but about whether it should be amended to say 
something else.

I think that TimBL and DanC believe that a common (if not the only) 
mechanism for finding metadata about a namespace will be to dereference the 
namespace URI.  (If I'm misrepresenting them, I'm sorry, and I hope they'll 
clarify their position).

Others on this list (including myself) disagree.

These two positions place rather different requirements on the behaviour of 
the namespace URI.  Specifically, they lead to opposite conclusions on 
whether the NSURI should be absolutised before comparison.
Received on Friday, 26 May 2000 07:06:15 UTC

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