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Re: The 'href' attribute

From: Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2008 10:38:14 -0500
To: public-xml-processing-model-comments@w3.org
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/ Toman_Vojtech@emc.com was heard to say:
| The specification uses the 'href' attribute for referring to external
| content (p:document) or external locations (p:load, p:store, p:log). It
| is also used in c:error and c:request elements. I wonder if this
| attribute shouldn't be renamed to 'uri' which I think would a more
| adequate name. 

Yes, it would be a better name, but the convention across XML vocabulares
(XInclude, XSLT, XML Schema, etc.) is to use 'href'. It seems, to me, that
we're better off being consistent on this point than right :-)

| In my view, the XProc engine just reads content from (or writes content
| to) a location represented by a certain URI. When I see the name 'href',
| I sort of expect some kind of a (HTML-like) hyperlink semantics, but I
| think in XProc it is something more generic.

It is. As are most of the the other specs using 'href'.

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