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From Nicola Ken Barozzi <>
Subject Re: Antlib... when?
Date Sun, 05 Jan 2003 15:04:13 GMT

Conor MacNeill wrote:
> Christopher Lenz wrote:
>> Every JAR in $ANT_HOME/lib would be scanned for a descriptor in 
>> META-INF (for example; be it some XML format or a properties file), 
>> and that descriptor would contain a URI that needs to be used as XML 
>> namespace URI in the build file.
>> Hope I'm not totally off here... haven't followed much of the 
>> discussion before this thread.
> No, spot on - that is what I had in mind.

I think too that this is the way, just with a change:

  - Automatic antlib loads in ant.home/lib would be without namespace, 
as they are treated as "default" ones.

  - Normal taskdef would be without namespace.

  - <antlib> call would be with namespace.

  - We can add a ant.home/ext dir where antlib loads *with* namespace

As for a descriptor, being a Cocoon developer, and having used xml for 
so much time, I can only suggest... not to use it, simple properties 
like now is just good enough, just add a namespace property as suggested 
above.   :-)

Nicola Ken Barozzi         
             - verba volant, scripta manent -
    (discussions get forgotten, just code remains)

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