Re: [xsl] random url for namespace to avoid uncontrollable dependencies

Subject: Re: [xsl] random url for namespace to avoid uncontrollable dependencies
From: David Carlisle <davidc@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2011 15:34:55 +0100
On 25/08/2011 15:01, Andrew Welch wrote:
where does any resolution to an absolute uri take place?

It doesn't.

but some people (who I could name:-) would have wished that namespaces
were defined differently and that you could rely on resolving the
namespace URI to something. (You see the same tension in XSD schema spec
suggesting that perhaps or perhaps not, depending on the phase of the
moon, you might, or possibly might not, find a schema document at the
namespace URI).

So after (literally) a few thousand acrimonious exchanges in the
xml-uri mailing list the thing went to a ballot of wc xml plenary with the
end result as quoted earlier. Essentially, that as people couldn't agree
on what relative namespace uri meant, and that some people even if they
did agree, would want to change the spec to make it say something else,
that the safe course of action was to just tell people not to use
relative URI, so that they were future proofed against any future
"re-interpretation" of the spec.

(who might not be the most unbiased reporter of that particular bit of history;-)

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