Re: XLink and mixed vocabulary design
robin.berjon@e... (Robin Berjon) writes: >> robin.berjon@e... (Robin Berjon) writes: >>>The ability to understand links without knowledge of the >>>vocabulary seems to me to be of high value. >> >> If it was, people might do it. > >It's way too early to tell, compound documents are still rare. Besides, >people haven't exactly been given a chance. There is an element of chicken-and-egg to it. Still, even when I was presenting on XLink regularly, I never had anyone ask about this. I'm aware of very few XLink link-harvesters, though I think STEP UK had one long ago. >>>The ability to stuff embedding and hyperlinking on the same element >>>appears to me to be of fairly little value. >> >> To you, perhaps. To me, it seems like basic functionality. > >Would you mind to expose in which ways stuffing those two >functionalities onto the a single element is basic? To me inclusion is >basic, but as I said the ability to include no more than one document >at any given point is a silly limitation (and enough to render the >feature useless to me). I suspect we can argue about "basic", but to me this: <img src="thumbnail.jpg" href="fullpicture.jpg" /> makes far more sense than: <a href="fullpicture.jpg"><img src="thumbnail.jpg" /></a> I don't see the need for two elements to represent that functionality. It seems to clutter language design and complicate document structures to no particular purpose. (And yes, I use that pattern constantly. See http://simonstl.com/dryden/archives/000095.html for an example using my house.) >> I think there are multiple communities of hypertext practice out there, >> and XLink, so far as I can tell, has proven optimal (heck, even >> exciting) for none. > >That's another debate altogether -- XLink may not be sexy, but at least >it's there. To misquote: "generic linking is like sex, even when it's >bad it's still pretty good". Generic linking is pretty much just bad at this point, IMHO. I think it may be time to obliterate the notion that hypertext should be implemented as generic functionality across a wide range of projects. Bad sex is not pretty good, IMHO.
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