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Subject: Re: [office] Formula subcommittee status

I said:
> > I propose that they do this trivially - if it has a potential
> > namespace name followed by ":", it's the namespace.
> And that presumes going through every attribute in the spec and saying 
> it might or might not contain QNames? They do need special processing 
> after all.

Oh, I'm sorry, I meant only for formula attributes.
They're supposed to begin with a namespace anyway (per spec),
and they need special processing anyway to be used.
So for that special case it makes sense.

Yes, I agree, in the general case doing this
would make things very hard.

> But just to repeat, I do think we need a general position on this 
> question -- is it OK to use QNames in attribute content, and if so 
> where? -- rather than sweep it under the rug of short-term expediency. 
> That was my point in raising the question.

I think that's an excellent question.  In general, we shouldn't do this often,
but I think we have to say it's okay for formulas because people
already depend on that.  I don't know if there are any other places
where that occurs, though, I think it's quite rare.
It'd make sense to create a list of places where it's okay
(formulas and maybe a few other places), and recommend NOT
using them in the rest.

--- David A. Wheeler

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