XLink 1.1 - Discard "locator-type elements"?
The more I delve into the XLink 1.0 Recommendation the less clear the purpose and value of the so-called "locator-type" element becomes. The main (only significant?) purpose of a locator-type element seems to be to hold an xlink:href attribute. If the specification for the xlink:from and xlink:to attributes on an arc-type element were amended from allowing an NCName to a URI it seems to me that the locator-type element and its xlink:href attribute could be dispensed with. If it was felt important to retain the information specified by the xlink:role attribute on a locator-type element then an arc-type element could be allowed to have xlink:rolefrom and xlink:roleto attributes. The continuing use of locator-type elements seems to me to be unnecessarily verbose and provide more indirection than is relevant for the uses that I can currently envisage. Andrew Watt
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