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Re: [css3-hyperlinks] inclusion of Clink in next WD

From: Anne van Kesteren (fora) <fora@annevankesteren.nl>
Date: Tue, 09 Mar 2004 12:40:45 +0100
To: www-style@w3.org
Message-id: <404DAD3D.5030408@annevankesteren.nl>

Chris Lilley wrote:

>I assume you refer to the "dude, where's my IDs" problem?
>It is of course possible to point into XML (XHTML, SMIL, MathML, SVG,
>VoiceXML, etc if one knows where the IDS are by reading or cacheing
>the DTD or schema or by defining them in an internal DTD subset, and in
>practice there is a lot of linking to elements by ID in XML.
>The ID issue (for linking, CSS, and DOM) is orthogonal to which
>language is used to detect where the links are, of course.


>XLink is a markup language, so clearly changing a link requires
>changing the markup. Of course, sometimes you want to link things you
>don't have write access to or don't want to change, as you say; that
>is why XLink also includes out of line links. Which have the same
>problem as your CSS Clink example - it requires fetching and
>understanding a external file to discover where the links are.

It does not. The link is already there, right in the CITE attribute. If
XML Schema (maybe that is already possible) or DTDs are extended, you
could cleary specify what is a link and what is not. If you don't want
to use those, you could use XLink (and then, the CSS mechanism could be
in a UA style sheet, or the UA handles it different, if it doesn't
support CSS at all).

Anne van Kesteren
Received on Tuesday, 9 March 2004 06:42:16 UTC

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