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Re: Namespace-by-retrieval is consistent and coherent

From: Clark C. Evans <cce@clarkevans.com>
Date: Sat, 27 May 2000 21:36:31 -0400 (EDT)
To: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
cc: xml-uri@w3.org, simonstl@simonstl.com
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.10.10005272133170.16221-100000@clarkevans.com>
On Sat, 27 May 2000, Tim Bray wrote:
> At the end of the day, there are only two consistent positions regarding
> comparison and equivalence of namespace names:
> 
> 1. byte-for-byte string comparison of the namespace name as given
> 2. byte-for-byte comparison of the indicated resource after retrieving it
> 
> All of the intervening positions are fatally compromised IMHO.  #1 has
> the advantage that it's cheaper and requires less infrastructure.  #2 has
> the advantage that it really does connect namespaces to the Web in a deep
> way that's consistent with the underlying architecture, whatever that is.
> 
> I could live with #2.  Given a W3C recommendation on what dereferencing
> the namespace name should yield (I recommend a packaging document compromising
> a single (potentially large and complex) extende XLink), I could be
> enthusiastic about it.  -Tim

I *really* like the idea of the dereference yielding 
a packaging document!  Simon, didn't you have a 
packaging proposal?

;) Clark
Received on Saturday, 27 May 2000 21:33:13 UTC

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