RE: Two link questions
> 2. I'd like to know more about link-bases, but it seem so > elusive and XLink doesn't say much about it. Is there a good > place to start? It's my opinion that the XLink concept of linkbases never got too far because of the progress and evangelism around RDF and Topic Maps. These both offer ways to collect links and to then look at patterns in those links (e.g. if A links to B and B links to C and D links to C, the A is connected to C, and B and D have something in common, and...). For that matter, there's far more progress with link collection projects that just use relational databases without even bothering with XML, from the auction comparison sites that were popular a few years ago to the current weblog link accumulation sites. I know that auctionwatchers.com used Sybase. I'm not sure what http://onfocus.com/bookwatch uses, but check out http://onfocus.com/bookwatch/mentions.asp?b=3, which demonstrates out-of-line many-to-one linking by displaying a collection of links from multiple web log entries to a single Amazon entry. I assume that this is driven by an RDBMS with no use of XLink, RDF, or any other specialized XML-based technologies. So if you're looking for interesting applications with collections of links, look beyond XLink, and even beyond XML. Bob DuCharme www.snee.com/bob <bob@ snee.com> "The elements be kind to thee, and make thy spirits all of comfort!" Anthony and Cleopatra, III ii
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