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Re: [xml-dev] Finally, what if namespaces == document types ?
Date: 1/22/2002 6:04:00 PM
Jonathan Borden wrote: > >.... > > Right, and to be totally clear it is not tenable to equate namespaces and > document types. Agreed. >... > I.e. there are an infinite number of possible schemas which conform to XHTML > modularization and whose instance documents have the root "xhtml:html". Agreed again. Do you agree that it makes more sense to associate schemas, stylesheets, etc. with document types than with namespaces? > Perhaps the main issue is that if we are finally jettisoning DTDs, we ought > to have a replacement for the <!DOCTYPE> declaration (modulo the internal > subset - groan). A simple PI. > ... It would be good if the schema pointed to by this > declaration where not hardwired to a single schema declaration language. Right, and RDDL might be an appropriate target language for that. > This issue is IMHO orthogonal to namespaces. That's mostly true. But the thing that has Nicolas and Paul so excited is that of the two choices (namespace and doctypes), we've developed an infrastructure for associating schemas and stylesheets with the wrong thing. The actual file format may be appropriate for doing the other task but we just need to declare that best practice is now to associate RDDL's with schemas and namespaces to document types, not namespaces. Paul Prescod