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From Martin Holz <>
Subject Re: Semantic analysis of the namespace URI used in Cocoon HEAD
Date Tue, 29 Apr 2003 07:53:55 GMT

Stefano Mazzocchi <> writes:
> First of all, the *default* pattern for Cocoon namespaces is
> where
>  name -> indicates the concept to which the namespace is connected
>  major.minor -> the version of the namespace

Would a minor number ever be useful? Its important to understand,
that a namespace is not directly related to a certain version 
of a DTD or any other format specification. If there is a minor
or even a major version change of a document format, the namespace
should stay the same, because most elements would still mean the same
and could be processes by the same software.
If the semantics of a  elements change during the evolution of
a document format you would better introduce a new element,
not a new namespace.

Namespaces are for mixing data from different companies and 
domains, where the designers of one format are not aware of the  
the other format. Formats from the same organization, especially
different format versions should not need namespaces at all, since
they are hopefully designed interoperable from the start.

Okay, the namespaces already exist and its only names, so it
would be the easiest to keep the existing pattern, bit please 
avoid creating namespace variants based on version numbers.


Martin Holz     <>

Softwareentwicklung / Vernetztes Studium - Chemie
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