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Re: [xml-dev] Re: [dsdl-comment] Re: [xml-dev] Re: Re: [xml-dev] DSDL: use cases: namespace declaration notation

From: james anderson <james.anderson@----.-->
To: xml-dev@-----.---.---
Date: 6/14/2002 4:45:00 PM
David Carlisle wrote:
> 
> >  I note that the recommendation specifies a notion which is untenable.
> > ...
> > I do take issue with claims that this set does not exist.
> 
> I suspect that the reason for not calling it a namespace is that you are
> supposed to think of it as multiple sets which are not distinguished in
> the syntax.

This conflates the behaviour of sets of names with that of the mechanisms which bind names to other things, like element and
attribute declarations.

> 
> That is, if you have two documents that contain the element
> {http://www.w3.org/1998/math/MathML}math then they are references to the
> same element in the same set (the mathml namespace)
> 
> However if you have two documents referencing {}math then arguably they
> are not intended to be the same element, It may be that they are in
> different sets of elements but that the XML namespace syntax does not
> distinguish that (maybe the application does using other info, eg the doctype).
> 

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