RE: XML, hypertext
For those who are understandably irritated by the increasing complexity of XML specifications, note where things start to become complex in each as one attempts to make a global network of resources *behave* as if it were a semi-normalized database. Hypertext/hypermedia is an old old form of a database, and it isn't simple to take any abstract resource anywhere anytime with n representations per resource and make it accessible with the same kinds of unified views afforded by modern relational or even neo-modern object-oriented systems. Trying to do that has resulted in much of the noted complexity. Just understanding the implications of out-of-line extended locators that have to operate over multiple media types is daunting. Let's see if this group can recreate Hytime without going into the same bogs, or if indeed, it turns out that what so many said was ugly turns out to be lack of comprehension of the bogs themselves. This will be fun. len From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:simonstl@s...] I think it's reasonably clear that XLink isn't the only or most popular answer to creating hypertext with XML. Even apart from various long-standing overlaps with RDF, it seems that there are a lot of other options to consider. (The "everything can have an href" notion also has me thinking hard.) Would it be worth having a Birds-of-a-Feather session at XML 2002? Or could some of us with a variety of viewpoints put together a late-breaking presentation? (I think the Town Hall deadline has passed.) Hypertext is what got me into XML, and I'd be happy to attend a conference that was just about various approaches to hypertext and XML. Hopefully other people could at least find a session interesting. Extreme Markup Languages has a lot of that flavor, but I'm afraid that just happened a couple of weeks ago, so it's a little late to add to the program.
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