· Naughties
· · 2003
· · · August
· · · · 08 (2 entries)

Danny · There are few things as de­press­ing as the end­less Is­rael/Pales­tine sto­ry. It’s the old­est kind of strug­gle in the world, eth­nic groups spilling blood over re­al es­tate, and some­times it’s easy to be­lieve that it’ll still be go­ing on when my grand­chil­dren are my age. Then you read about some­thing like this, and you can en­joy a few min­utes of hope. That Dan­ny Baren­boim, he’s a men­sch.
Namespace Pedantry · There is one as­pect of XML names­paces that keeps con­fus­ing peo­ple, and since I wrote the spec­i­fi­ca­tion, it’s at least part­ly my fault. In the last week alone it’s caught both Jon Udell and Aaron Swartz. There is no such thing as the “blank namespace” or the “empty namespace” or the “unqualified namespace.” An el­e­ment or an at­tribute is ei­ther in a names­pace or not, and if it’s in a names­pace, the names­pace has a name, and the name isn’t blank. I en­close an ex­am­ple and a bit more ex­pla­na­tion ...
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