Re: linking, 80/20
> John Cowan wrote: > > > > Simon St.Laurent scripsit: > > > > > Allowing href on everything - whether or not it has the unnecessary > > > xlink: namespace slapped on it - is a much larger advance in making > > > hypertext broadly useful than any attempt to rewrite XHTML to take > > > advantage of complex links. > > > > I agree, actually. But it wouldn't cost them anything to use > > xlink:href (and a #FIXED attribute of xlink:type="simple") and it > > would make generalized link harvesters that much more useful. > > I disagree. There is a cognitive load imposed by requiring authors to > remember what namespaces various features of their markup language come > from. RDF for metadata. DC for a particular ontology. XLink for linking. > XForms for forms. HTML's original virtue was how easy it was to learn > and remember. This may be so, but I don't see why I should accept it on faith. One could say that HTML has a lot for people to remember that could have been simplified. I find it very hard to believe that it would be such an additional burden for people to remember the string "xlink:". -- Uche Ogbuji Fourthought, Inc. http://uche.ogbuji.net http://4Suite.org http://fourthought.com Track chair, XML/Web Services One Boston: http://www.xmlconference.com/ Basic XML and RDF techniques for knowledge management, Part 7 - http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/xml/library/x-think12.html Keeping pace with James Clark - http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/xml/libra ry/x-jclark.html Python and XML development using 4Suite, Part 3: 4RDF - http://www-105.ibm.com/developerworks/education.nsf/xml-onlinecourse-bytitle/8A 1EA5A2CF4621C386256BBB006F4CEC
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