Re: Can we be more concrete?
Subject: Re: Can we be more concrete?
From: "W. Eliot Kimber" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Dec 1996 18:24:04 -0900
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At 03:32 PM 12/30/96 -0800, Terry Allen wrote:
>Eliot replies to Len:
>| Assuming that XML provides/supports/requires indirect addressing, then you
>| should be able to use the #name syntax to address a location address that
>| is a query, e.g.:
>| <crossref linkend="http://www.mine.com/queries.xml#all-basset-sites">
>| Basset hounds</crossref> are slobber monsters.
>| <!-- queries.xml: -->
>| <!DOCTYPE Queries SYSTEM "queries.dtd" >
>| <AltaVistaQuery id=all-basset-sites>basset+hound</AltaVistaQuery>
>Yes, assuming that you proclaim that it is part of the XML MIME
>type that unqualified fragment addressing into XML entities points to IDs
>(not controversial, but I think a necessary step). And this
>is a good start on a scenario.
Yes, that's my assumption.
>So, what indicates the semantics of the link to the query? It isn't
>the HTTP method. Is it the semantics of <crossref>?
In the HyTime model, it's the semantics of addresses in general: that any
reference to a location address is a reference to whatever the location
address addresses (recursed until you either get only non-location
addresses, reach the "reflevel" limit, or have a circular reference). This
behavior of addresses is independent of linking (in other words, the same
address resolution behavior would result from an ID reference that was not
a "link" as we're defining it here).
>indicates whether the query shall be displayed per se,
>the result of the query shall be trancluded (and in what
>format), or the result of the query shall be presented as
>a menu list, or the most desireable (per some set of preferences)
>of the list results shall be traversed to?
That would be the semantics of Crossref and/or the refsub anchor role
and/or the data addressed by the query and/or whatever the browser chooses
to do. The semantics could be defined in the XML link spec or in a style
sheet or some combination thereof. Certainly XML could provide attributes
for hinting at the desired behavior if we felt that was appropriate.
W. Eliot Kimber (email@example.com)
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