Re: 1.a: Use Elements? -- critical ambiguity in question!

At 11:08 AM 1/31/97, Tim Bray wrote:
>Should links be expressed as SGML elements?

This could mean one of 2 very different things:

1. Should the syntax of links somehow involve the use of elements as
opposed to entities, PIs or other SGML (or ad-hoc) features?

Answer(for me): YES.

2. Should the syntax of links involve fixed element name definitions?

Answer(for me): Definitely not!

As this has been a significant part of the last month's discussion, I will
wait to see how the discussion goes, before frobbing the issue again.

   I vote that we add a new XML declaration (that looks like a PI) to
declare AF roles for elements, including a setting that simply maps all AFs
to their element names. Or that we use architectural forms, the Internal
subset, and separate attribute declaration to solve the problem in an
SGML-like way.

<?HXL on?>
Should be enough, or:
<?XHL link=a,footnote>


<!doctype whatever SYSTEM "http://foo.com/whatever.dtd"
<!attlist link -XHL-form #FIXED "link">

  -- David

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