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Q: Is rdf:about compatable with xlink?

From: Jimmy Cerra <jimbobbs@hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2003 23:41:36 -0400
To: <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000001c30625$943e66e0$0100a8c0@drsoong>

Hey all,

I've been experimenting with mixing RDF with concepts from Topic Maps
and XLink to help with "link overload" [1].  Well, it seems that the
attribute, rdf:about, can be used to define (a reference to) a topic.
What if I want to link to this reference with an XLink?  Usually, one
uses the attribute, xlink:label, to define a resource and, "xlink:href",
[2] to link to it.  It seems redundant to label a resource with a uri in
the attribute rdf:about and then add the XLink property xlink:label
pointing to the same uri, as in:

<rdf:Description rdf:about="#salad"
                 xlink:label="salad" />

<rdf:Description rdf:about="#bar"
                 xlink:label="bar" />

<rdf:Description rdf:about="#foo">
   <q:link parsetype="Resource"
           xlink:to="#bar" />

Note that the xlink:type property can be automatically added with
additions to the DOCTYPE.  Is there a less verbose way of doing this?

James F. Cerra 

[1] When the number and organization of hypertext documents for a static
web page becomes extremely complicated and a pain in the ass to
maintain, then I call the site "link overloaded."

[2] Or one could use the XLink attributes, "to", "from", "role",
"arcrole", and etcetera.
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