Fwd: Namespaces in XML 1.0 (Third Edition) is a W3C Recommendation

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From: Ian Jacobs <ij at w3.org>
Date: Tue, Dec 8, 2009 at 11:27 PM
Subject: Namespaces in XML 1.0 (Third Edition) is a W3C Recommendation
To: W3C Members <w3c-ac-forum at w3.org>

Dear Advisory Committee Representative,

It is my pleasure to announce that Namespaces in XML 1.0 (Third Edition) has
been published as a W3C Recommendation, superseding the Second Edition:

 Namespaces in XML 1.0 (Third Edition)

All Members who responded to the Call for Review [1] of the Proposed Edited
Recommendations supported the publication of this specification as a W3C

This edition includes no substantive changes, but among the accumulated
errata which it incorporates is one of particular importance, which removes
an incompatibility with the Fifth Edition of the XML 1.0 specification [2]

W3C would like to thank the XML Core Working Group [3] for their efforts to
ensure the continuing utility of XML.

For Philippe Le Hégaret, on behalf of Tim Berners-Lee, Director;
Ian Jacobs, Head of W3C Communications

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Member/w3c-ac-members/2009JulSep/0017.html
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/2008/REC-xml-20081126/
[3] http://www.w3.org/XML/Core/

Disposition of Comments

Several minor editorial improvements were made to the Proposed Edited
Recommendation as a result of suggestions received from outside the W3C
during the review period, A complete record of the comments received and
their disposition is available [4].

One request for a change was not agreed to by the Working Group, and as the
person making the request was not satisfied with the reasons given by the
Working Group for their decision, the issue was considered carefully at the
Transition review.

The request was to change the presentation of one piece of normative prose,
which requires namespace names to be URI references, from a simple statement
to that effect in the body of the document, to an explicitly called-out
Namespace Constraint.

At the Transition review the Working Group's decision not to act now on this
request was upheld, even though it might appear to be a simple editorial
change, for two reasons:

 1) Unlike all the existing Namespace Constraints, the proposed new
    one would apply only to documents, not to processors, and so a
    new class of Constraint would be required or the potential for
    confusion would be increased, rather than, as the original
    request intended, decreased;

 2) There are other normative conformance statements in the document
    which are not presented as Namespace Constraints: there is a
    risk that making the proposed change without also changing all
    of them would leave their status unclear.  In this context it
    should be noted that the prose in question has been present in
    the specification from its First Edition.

The Working Group has agreed to raise an issue [5] on the question of this
request in particular, and the matter of normative statements outside
Namespace Constraints in general.

[4] http://www.w3.org/XML/Group/2009/10/disposition.html [Member-only]
[5] http://www.w3.org/XML/Group/2001/05/proposed-xml-names-errata#NPE33

Namespaces in XML 1.0 (Third Edition)
W3C Recommendation 8 December 2009

This version:
Latest version:
Previous versions:
   Tim Bray, Textuality <tbray at textuality.com>
   Dave Hollander, Contivo, Inc. <dmh at contivo.com>
   Andrew Layman, Microsoft <andrewl at microsoft.com>
   Richard Tobin, University of Edinburgh and Markup Technology Ltd
                   <richard at inf.ed.ac.uk>
   Henry S. Thompson, University of Edinburgh and W3C <ht at w3.org> -
                                                      Third Edition

XML namespaces provide a simple method for qualifying element and
attribute names used in Extensible Markup Language documents by
associating them with namespaces identified by URI references.

Status of this Document (minus boilerplate)

This document is a product of the XML Core Working Group as part of
the W3C XML Activity. The English version of this specification is
the only normative version. However, for translations of this
document, see

Known implementations are documented in the Namespaces 1.1
implementation report (all known Namespaces 1.1 implementations also
support Namespaces 1.0) . A test suite is also available via the XML
Test Suite page.

This third edition incorporates all known errata as of the publication
date. It supersedes the previous edition of 16 August 2006.

This edition has been widely reviewed. Only minor editorial changes
have been made since the 6 August 2009 Proposed Edited Recommendation.

Please report errors in this document to xml-names-editor at w3.org;
public archives are available. The errata list for this document is
available at http://www.w3.org/XML/2009/xml-names-errata .

This document has been reviewed by W3C Members, by software
developers, and by other W3C groups and interested parties, and is
endorsed by the Director as a W3C Recommendation. It is a stable
document and may be used as reference material or cited from another
document. W3C's role in making the Recommendation is to draw attention
to the specification and to promote its widespread deployment. This
enhances the functionality and interoperability of the Web.

W3C maintains a public list of any patent disclosures made in
connection with the deliverables of the group; that page also includes
instructions for disclosing a patent. An individual who has actual
knowledge of a patent which the individual believes contains Essential
Claim(s) must disclose the information in accordance with section 6 of
the W3C Patent Policy.

Ian Jacobs (ij at w3.org)    http://www.w3.org/People/Jacobs/
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