XML and namespaces
fredrik at pythonware.com
Tue Dec 6 00:41:55 CET 2005
> Leaving such attributes out by default, whilst claiming some kind of
> "fine print" standards compliance, is really a recipe for unnecessary user
> On the contrary, once you start second guessing the standards and making
> guesses about what users are really trying to do, and making decisions
> for them, then some people are going to get different behaviour from
> what they rightfully expect according to the standard. People whose
> expectations match with the guesses made on their behalf will find that
> their software is not portable between DOM implementations.
and this hypothetical situation is different from the current situation in
exactly what way?
> With something as finicky as XML namespaces, you can't just make ad-hoc
> decisions as to what the user "really wants". That's why DOM L2 punted
> on the whole problem, and left it to DOM L3.
so L2 is the "we support namespaces, but we don't really support them"
maybe we could take everyone involved with the DOM design out to the
backyard and beat them with empty PET bottles until they promise never
to touch a computer again ?
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