Sat, 05 Oct 2002 14:53:17 -0400
Thanks for the post on namespaces.
Have not seen a lot of traffic in reponse!
Looks like an issue we need to address, along with the other ones I
raised in my earlier post.
Grist for Baltimore?
Mary Nishikawa wrote:
> Thanks Patrick,
> At 05:44 AM 9/23/2002 -0400, you wrote:
>> Several recent comments have likened the TNC to "namespaces" and I
>> was wondering if some of other experiences with namespaces might be
>> relevant to this dicussion?
>> 1. Disambiguate terms (the most common use in XML)
> Actually I went back to read the W3C XML Infoset Spec last night to
> have a better understanding of how some of the terms in the Infoset
> are being used in the SAM. I was struck by this
> "Namespaces - XML 1.0 documents that do not conform to [Namespaces],
> though technically well-formed, are not considered to have meaningful
> information sets. "
> In Namespaces in XML: http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-xml-names/
> [Definition:] An XML namespace is a collection of names, identified by
> a URI reference [RFC2396], which are used in XML documents as element
> types and attribute names. XML namespaces differ from the "namespaces"
> conventionally used in computing disciplines in that the XML version
> has internal structure and is not, mathematically speaking, a set.
> These issues are discussed in "A. The Internal Structure of XML
> How does this jive with our use of "Namespace?"
> Since the XML Infoset is being used to provide us with a "consistent
> set of definitions" for use in the SAM, I wonder if we should
> continue using the term "Namespace" in the Topic Map community's sense
> of the word.
> With the reexamination of the definition of Scope, we may want to
> reexamine the use of the term "Namespace" or come up with some other
> word for this.
> Maybe this has been brought up already and I missed it.
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