At 10:27 AM 4/10/99 -0400, Simon St.Laurent wrote: >A quick search of Microsoft's site for 'XLink' brings up very little. Most >interesting is a page on the XML Interchange Format ... that claims: > >>XML Links provides concepts to describe links between objects in XML >>documents. Links are still in a draft state in the W3C, see XML Linking >>Language (Xlink). XML Links are currently not used in XIF since their >>addition would not add more expressiveness or simplify the concepts. >>However, care has been taken to ensure that the specified format is >>compatible with current proposals. > >Even I have a hard time pushing Microsoft to support a standard that's been >in a working-draft deep freeze for over a year, however. Heh. Well, you're a perennially impatient malcontent and rabble-rouser. :) A more benign view of the deep freeze is that the current (admittedly aging, in Webtime) WD comes pretty close to the mark, and that the Working Group has been waiting for experimental implementations (like yours, and Hybrick) to point up the ways in which the spec is unworkable -- or workable but too difficult. (This would be aside from any holes in the spec that don't require *doing* XLink to be obvious, of course.) That said, I think I'm even more eager for XLink/XPointer to solidify than for XSL. Once you've tasted XLink's Chunky Monkey, it's hard to reconcile yourself to HTML's vanilla. ========================================================== John E. Simpson | The secret of eternal youth simpson@xxxxxxxxxxx | is arrested development. http://www.flixml.org | -- Alice Roosevelt Longworth XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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