Re: XLink: behavior must go!
At 06:23 AM 5/12/1999 -0500, Paul Prescod wrote: [pretty convincing arguments about problems in XLink as specified to date] I've always thought of the XLink spec as a comprehensive blue-sky pastiche of wonderful, imperfectly-workable ideas, and figured that with time it would shake out to be, er, more perfectly workable. (And, granted, less blue-sky.) The "hints" in the spec, I reckoned, were there as Post-It(tm) reminders for authors of the next WD as much as for readers of the current one. It's been a looong time between WDs, though; if it would help accelerate the process then I'd be all for jettisoning the behavior-specific bits of the spec (or transferring responsibility for them to the style WGs). OTOH, transplanting the burden won't necessarily accelerate resolution of those Little Flaky Bits. Paul mentioned some problems inherent in transclusion of foreign structures, for example. That's the one LFB I'd be most interested in having and the one I'm least confident of ever obtaining, in anything like perfect form. (This isn't meant as a knock on the work of the Fragments WG by any means; it just seems impossible for them to resolve *all* the transclusion LFBs, e.g. partial nodes, ID clashes, etc.) (Paul didn't mention this, but I also worry greatly about the intellectual-property implications of auto/embed behavior, *especially* in the absence of default style/rendering. This strikes me as a nifty technological bauble with potentially far-reaching cultural impact.) ============================================================= John E. Simpson | It's no disgrace t'be poor, simpson@p... | but it might as well be. | -- "Kin" Hubbard xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; (un)subscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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