Thu, 26 Sep 2002 17:41:00 +0900
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
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 Namespaces".
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.
Mary Nishikawa, EDMS Technical Advisor
Schlumberger K. K.
Sagamihara, Kanagawa 229-0006
Eureka XML BB Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
ISO/IEC JTC1/SC34, Japan
OASIS TM Pubsubj TC, GeoLang TC, XMLVoc TC