<foo:barEPR xmlns:foo="http://foo.org"> ... </foo:barEPR>
The TC's rationale was that until a “standardized“ approach for EPR is made available, this approach provides the best alternative. Per Yaron, “This is a punt, not a solution“. We're probably going to re-open and correct this issue prior to final publication.
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