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Subject: RE: [dita] Meeting Minutes 7/06/2004 -- DITA Technical Committee

Agree that support for namespaces is a non-issue. Almost all XML schemas
reference namespaces so tool vendors have no choice but to account for their
existence in tool solutions.


Rob Frankland, President & CEO
Rascal Software
1511 3rd Ave, #523
Seattle, WA 98101


-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Grosso [mailto:pgrosso@arbortext.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2004 1:15 PM
To: dita@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: Re: [dita] Meeting Minutes 7/06/2004 -- DITA Technical Committee 

At 20:07 2004-07-06 -0400, France Baril wrote:

>- Namespace for DITA?
>Eliot has demonstrated that he can add namespaces into schema and 
>operate on it. He created 2 ns, one for maps and one for topics. He had 
>to modify the xslt processor

Actually, I did hear Eliot say this, but I doubt he modified the XSLT
*processor*.  I assumed he meant he modified the stylesheets.  


>so that all maps statement referred
>to the class attribute and made sure all templates matched on * instead 
>of on element names. XSLTs were already using * matches at 98%. There 
>is nothing more to it.
>Corresponding change on document: add the namespace declaration.
>Because dita namespace become root namespace so no implication for 
>other changes.
>Paul Grosso: supporting namespaces does not bring extra problems to

Supporting namespaces is work for vendors, but it's work that vendors are
going to have to do to be up to date and to support schemas and modern uses
of XML.  So what I meant to say is that adding namespaces to DITA shouldn't
make it any harder for a vendor to support DITA than to support any other
modern-day XML application.


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