[sc34wg3] Namespaces?

Patrick Durusau sc34wg3@isotopicmaps.org
Mon, 23 Sep 2002 05:44:58 -0400


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)

2. Could be used to support re-naming (mapping multiple names one to the 
other in a namespace, not supported in XML)

3. Could be used to support inheritance (multiple?) in namespaces (not 
limited to inheritance in #4?)

4. Could have structure that denotes higher levels (like Java classes 
names, high to low) (Is this the structure that Ann Wrightson sensed was 
missing from scope? Ann?)

I think that we have generally been talking about #1 above. Are we at a 
point where we can meaningfully discuss 2-4?

(Part of this analysis was developed in conversation with Steve DeRose 
on namespaces in general, who is not responsible for the accuracy of my 

Hope everyone is at the start of a great week!


Patrick Durusau
Director of Research and Development
Society of Biblical Literature