[XML-SIG] XBEL / Call for extension

Uche Ogbuji Uche.Ogbuji at fourthought.com
Fri Jan 28 21:09:06 CET 2005

On Fri, 2005-01-28 at 16:50 +0000, Frans Englich wrote:
> This is my opinion.
> If I were to design XBEL from the ground up I would have put it in a 
> namespace. Doing it at this point would be done in the name of somekind of 
> "XML-correctness". While it itches to suggest it, I don't think it justifies 
> all the compatibility havoc it creates.

Namespaces don't really have anything to do with XML correctness.  I
think this is a popular misconception.  Namespaces are meant to solve a
particular problem in XML.  Many argue it makes a hash of the solution
(I'm somewhat in the middle), but I think everyone would agree that if
you don't have the problem, there is no need to complicate things by
using namespaces.  Knee-jerk use of namespaces is as bad as knee-jerk
use of rat traps.  If you don't have a rodent infestation, there is no
point putting rat traps around the house and thus risking a swollen
toe :-)

I believe that if we were creating XBEL the very first time now, I would
still argue against a namespace.

Uche Ogbuji                                    Fourthought, Inc.
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