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Re: Linktypes Start and Index

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2003 16:57:23 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <200311091657.hA9GvNa16061@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-html@w3.org

> Can anyone clarify for me the difference between the link types Start and
> Index? Is Index an index in the sense "starting page" (files named
> "index.html") or an index in the sense "list of terms with links to their
> definitions in the text"?

Link types are somewhat fuzzy, but my understanding is that index has the
second meaning and start means the start of the list linked by previous
and next links.

The derivation of index.html is that on Unix web servers, you would get
a file directory "index" listing and index.html provides a replacement
for that.  Microsoft environments tend to discount that possibility, so
call it default.htm.

> Also, are link types always used for external links, and not internal?

Links aren't used!  However, there is no reason why they can't be fragments
of the same document and I believe links of type bookmark are for that 
purpose.  Note also that link types can be used on a as well as link.

The basic idea of link elements is to allow the browser to create basic
navigations for the whole document in a standard way.
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