RE: XLINK support in browsers
At 01:06 PM 4/2/2005, Michael Kay wrote: >If XLink isn't in the user interface space then I don't know what it's >doing: I don't want standard attributes for defining relationships, I want >to define my own. > >I think XLink has never really decided whether it's in the "information >content" space or the "user interface" space, and that's why no-one is >using it. Michael, you bring this same tired argument up over and over every time XLink is mentioned. Without getting into old W3C politics that effectively castrated XLink's ability to separate the behavior from the content, let me ask you this: How would you define a link within an XML document? No external schemas. No stylesheets. You're an author, who has zero control over presentation, beyond using tags. In much the same way you might use an <emphasis> tag to emphasize a given word, you want something so that you can indicate that -this text here- is linked to -this text in that document over there-. They have an implicit, unidirectional relationship. -This- can take you to -that-. And remember! You're an author who has no say over how his links are presented. The stylesheet is not within your control. There are no external schemas to define your links. You just need some akin to <a href="">. How do you model it, without crossing the line between information content and user interface? How do you get "your own attributes for defining relationships" if you don't have control over your schema? I ask this because most document authors will lack the requisite skill (and nor should they be forced to have it) or the requisite control (because they're in a bureaucratic organization) to control the mechanisms you so blithely reference. And if an XML linking specification is going to get traction, it needs to be powerful but easy to use and implement. While I'm no fan of XLink as it stands, I've yet to see anything much better. --->Ben
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