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[XHTML 2] 22.1 Activation of links and retrieval of link targets

From: Jim Ley <jim@jibbering.com>
Date: Sun, 29 May 2005 12:23:34 +0100
Message-ID: <00a601c56440$da285cd0$2402a8c0@Snufkin>
To: <www-html-editor@w3.org>
Cc: <xhtml2-issues@hades.mn.aptest.com>

Dear HTML Working Group,

Please clarify what a user agent should do in response to mark-up such as

        <link rel="dc:source" href="urn:isbn:0140449132">

22.1 says

"User agents should enable activation of links and the retrieval of link 
targets. Since link elements may have no content, information from the rel 
and title attributes should be used when labelling links."

but what does activation mean in the context of an urn: href?

Please change the specification to remove this ambiguity.  Preferably remove 
the use of urn: and other href's that are not designed to be de-refrenced 
from the href of a link.  So an author can easily specify if a resource can 
be usefully derefrenced, and a user agent can know if it's useful to provide 
users with the ability to activate the link.


Jim Ley 
Received on Sunday, 29 May 2005 11:23:50 UTC

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