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Re: Link Destination Pseudo-classes

From: Simon St.Laurent <simonstl@simonstl.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Apr 2000 10:46:58 -0400
Message-Id: <200004151445.KAA07488@hesketh.net>
To: <dwagner@kevric.com>, <www-style@w3.org>
I'm really glad to see this discussion getting started, but I want to add
another point of reference, the XLink work being done for XML.  The
relationship between linking and styling seems to be something more avoided
than discussed, and it certainly remains complex (and some days
controversial.)

The draft is here:
http://www.w3.org/TR/xlink

There are some significant complaints about XLink's status as a linking
vocabulary rather than a linking architecture (see
http://www.xmlhack.com/read.php?item=336), but I think the structures in
XLink are worth supporting.  

External links in particular go beyond the bounds of the proposal being
made here, but I think they go beyond any publicly-offered proposal for
XLink/CSS integration anyway.

Supporting links through styling isn't that wacky an idea.  I've had fun
playing with a 'stopgap' measure in Opera 4 that provides some very simple
linking capability within XML documents as well.  (And it integrates with
XLink easily, though it provides much less functionality.)

Let's keep this discussion going.

Simon St.Laurent
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