[whatwg] The problems with namespaces in text/html (Was: MathML-in-HTML5)

Henri Sivonen hsivonen at iki.fi
Sat Nov 4 07:10:02 PST 2006

On Nov 4, 2006, at 13:07, Elliotte Harold wrote:

> Ian Hickson wrote:
>> On Mon, 9 Oct 2006, dolphinling wrote:
>>>> I'm not saying don't add MathML to HTML. I'm saying don't add  
>>>> namespace syntax to HTML.
> As I've said elsewhere, I find this viewpoint simply  
> incomprehensible. Namespaces are ugly, but they're not that ugly or  
> that problematic. They are also at the core of XML processing.  
> Throwing out namespaces makes it  nearly impossible to process HTML  
> with the very large and powerful set of XML tools.

Note that what you quoted above was not about throwing away  
namespaces but about not introducing namespace *syntax* to the text/ 
html serialization. In fact, HTML5 requires UAs to put HTML elements  
in the XHTML namespace.

Henri Sivonen
hsivonen at iki.fi

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