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Re: Namespace-by-retrieval is consistent and coherent

From: Clark C. Evans <cce@clarkevans.com>
Date: Sun, 28 May 2000 15:04:59 -0400 (EDT)
To: xml-uri@w3.org
cc: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.10.10005281453480.19950-100000@clarkevans.com>
I'd rather just have the namespace be a unique string 
comparied character-by-character as the spec says; 
ideally editing the specification to remove text
that talks about "URIs" as this is the root cause 
of the confusion.

However, if "absolutization" or any other process 
is going to be applied; then I feel it would be 
better for long-term consistency to go all the 
way and retrieve the content for URIs which are
URLs, (file:, ftp:, or http:) other URIs can
be compared character-by-character.

Further, I am strongly against specs re-defining
behavior at a higher layer under the context of
"layered is modular".  This is just a falicy.  
If the namespace spec defines when two namespace
names are equivalent, then layered specs should
respect this definition and not re-define it.
To do so will cause inconsistency amoung the
layered specifications; i.e. RDF will do it one
way, XPath will do it another, and now a given
text that I have will only work with RDF *or*
with XPath, but not both.

Other than that, I don't really disagree with
anything being said.

Clark
Received on Sunday, 28 May 2000 15:00:58 UTC

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