--- Comment #3 from Aaron Halfaker <> ---
Re. use case,

One common activity when processing wiki dumps is to extract historical link
information -- something that can't be done with pagelinks.  Let's say I'm
processing an enwiki dump and I encounter the following link:


Without knowing that "WP" is an alias of ns=4 ("Project"/"Wikipedia") I'd have
to assume that "WP:Foo" is the title of an ns=0 article.  

This is a problem for canonical namespace names too.  The following link would
reference the same page:


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