RE: XLINK support in browsers
> 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-. Firstly, wherever possible, I would not link to "text" but to an object, and I would refer to that object by user-meaningful identifiers, not by URIs. If I want to refer to a city, I would write the element as <city name="London" country="gb"/>. That way, I have abstracted the information content from presentation issues, and left maximum flexibility for the rendering processes to decide how to present the information. To use the distinction that I think someone was making, I would use a relationship rather than a link. If the rendering process wishes to translate my city reference into a link into Wikipedia, rendered as an image of the coat of arms of the city in question, then it's free to do so. (As you see, I'm not a fan of the idea of using URIs to refer to real-world objects as distinct from machine-readable resources.) If I actually want to refer to a document, or to a place within a document, rather than to a real-world object, then I would try to use tags that reflect the reason for linking to that document, for example <defined-at>http://www.w3.org/TR/xslt20#template-rule</defined-at> Michael Kay
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