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Re: [xml-dev] Shouldn't colon be reserved?

From: Tom Bradford <bradford@----------.--->
To: <keith@---.--->
Date: 9/9/2002 7:04:00 PM
On Monday, September 9, 2002, at 11:05 AM, Keith W. Boone wrote:
> According to Tom Bradford:
>> But let's be honest.  Very few applications, perhaps only those that
>> have lived in a vacuum since 1997, can get by without having to be
>> namespace aware.  Just about anything that a person might actually want
>> to *do* with or to a document requires namespaces.
>
> That's a blanket statement.  It may hold true for some, but certainly 
> not
> all users of XML.  I regularly develop applications using XML that have 
> no a
> priori requirement to deal with namespaces.  There are a large number of
> developers like me who use XML for purposes like serialization of data
> structures, or marking up text documents, that could care less about 
> them.

I don't think it's a blanket statement at all.  Any application that 
utilizes any specification developed by the W3C over the past few years, 
other than XML 1.0 itself, must, even if you don't care, be 
namespace-aware.  This is what I mean by 'all the stuff that you might 
want to *do* with or to a document'.  If an application developer can 
live happily only having to parse and serialize non-namespaced data, 
then they should consider themselves lucky.

> It is ridiculous to assume that everyone needs or requires namespaces, 
> and
> I'm glad its an optional part of XML.

Who said that I believe everyone needs and/or requires namespaces?  
Personally, I avoid them like the plague.  They present API layerings 
that I'd much rather live without.

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