A lot of people run into problems with namespaces, and most of those arise from using default namespaces (ie not giving namespaces prefixes). The transformation technology you use can have a big effect on how confusing and irritating it gets.
Default namespaces make XML documents easier to read because they allow you to just give the local name of an element rather than using prefixes all over the place. For example, using:
<house status="For Sale" xmlns="http://www.example.com/ns/house"> <askingPrice>...</askingPrice> <address>...</address> <layout>...</layout> </house>
Since there’s next to no ‘net connection at XTech 2007 (obviously the Web is not so ubiquitous as all that), I have nothing to do in the sessions but listen! Here are some thoughts about the sessions that I attended on the morning of Wednesday 16th. I haven’t included the keynotes not because they weren’t interesting but because I can’t think of anything to say about them at the moment.