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Subject: Re: [office-comment] Section 1.5 - implementations SHOULD use thenamespace prefixes given.


do you know an application that actually could be able to support the 
OASIS Open Office format, but does not support namespaces? My personal 
experience with the OpenOffice.org format is that the the fact that the 
OpenOffice.org format requires namespace aware application never was an 
issue. For this reason, my personal oponion is that specifying that 
certain namespaces SHOULD be uses causes more restrictions on the format 
than it adds benefits. I'm especially concerned about the fact that one 
could not use shorter namespace prefixes or default namespaces any longer.

Best regards

Michael Brauer

OASIS Open Office TC chair

David A. Wheeler wrote:
> Suggesting adding to section 1.5:
> "XML Namespaces [xml-names] permits namespace prefixes (e.g.,
> office, meta, config, text) to have different values
> in data files, as long as the namespace names match.
> However, implementations SHOULD write their data using the namespace
> prefixes defined in this document (e.g., "text:p"),
> so that simple data processors can process the
> data even if they do not completely implement the XML namespaces
> specification."
> --- David A. Wheeler

Michael Brauer                                Phone:  +49 40 23646 500
Technical Architect Software Engineering      Fax:    +49 40 23646 550
StarOffice Development
Sun Microsystems GmbH
Sachsenfeld 4
D-20097 Hamburg, Germany                e-mail: michael.brauer@sun.com

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