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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Rant: XML Name Spaces

What's the point of using a URL for the namespace of an XML document if that URL does not resolve to an actual description of the schema?

Cases in point:

http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006

http://schemas.microsoft.com/office/sps/2005/WSRP/Configuration

http://schemas.microsoft.com/exchange/services/2006/types

etc, etc, (etc - ad nauseam).

Compare that to:

http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/ - it even has a comment!

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2 Comments:

  • XML Namespaces are just supposed to be unique. Sure, you could put a document at that URL describing the namespace. There's no requirement that be the case though.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tuesday, May 27, 2008 1:47:00 PM  

  • Continued rant:

    Well, duh!

    My rant is about the enormous waste of an opportunity to actually provide useful documentation about the schema in question.

    By Blogger Oskar, at Tuesday, May 27, 2008 4:07:00 PM  

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