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Re:generic linking

From: Simon St.Laurent <simonstl@simonstl.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Dec 2002 09:51:34 -0500
To: www-tag@w3.org
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Tim Bray notes:
>Simon St.Laurent wrote:
>
>> The TAG has already moved that XLink should be the generic linking
>> mechanism for XML, despite a wide variety of complaints about its
>> appropriateness for various domains. 
>
>This statement is incorrect.  To quote from
>
>  http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-tag/2002Sep/0183.html
>  ==========================================
>  Recently, the TAG considered the scope of XLink[1].
>  We concluded[2] that XLink should be used for hypertext
>  references in user-interface oriented applications.
>
>  In light of this conclusion, it is the unanimous opinion
>  of the TAG that XLink should be used for hypertext references
>  in XHTML 2.0.
>  ===========================================
>
>Reasonable people are trying to work in good faith to explore these 
>issues, and inflammatory overgeneralizations like that quoted above are 
>not helpful. -Tim

Given that my XML work originated from an interest in hypertext and that
much of my work since can be interpreted as an effort to get back to
hypertext, any conclusion that "XLink should be used for hypertext
references in user-interface oriented applications" is itself an
inflammatory overgeneralization - at least from my perspective.

It is my sincere hope that the continuing non-adoption of XLink will
eventually lead to reconsideration of its basic form and its rebuilding
on a more useful set of foundations.  If the TAG would like to pretend
that this sow's ear is really a purse, that is of course the TAG's
prerogative.
-- 
Simon St.Laurent
Ring around the content, a pocket full of brackets
Errors, errors, all fall down!
http://simonstl.com -- http://monasticxml.org
Received on Wednesday, 4 December 2002 09:51:12 GMT

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