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"There are six XLink elements" - True or False? Discuss


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Chapter 2.1 of the XLink Recommendation states, "There are six XLink elements 
..."

But, a careful search of the XLink Recommendation reveals only XLink 
attributes. No XLink elements in the final Recommendation ... at least in the 
sense of elements in the XLink namespace ... although elements in the XLink 
namespace had appeared in earlier drafts of the XLink specification.

It seems ... to me at least ... perverse to use a term "XLink element" to 
refer to elements other than those (of which there are none) which are in the 
XLink namespace.

I can see that the XLink WG sought a succinct term to refer to "an XML 
element in a non-XLink namespace which bears an attribute which is in the 
XLink namespace". The term "XLink element" is substantially shorter.

But should brevity be bought at the price of being misleading?

Andrew Watt

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