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Re: Why not XHTML+RDF? was Re: Links are links

From: Norman Walsh <Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM>
Date: Fri, 04 Oct 2002 08:20:42 -0400
To: www-tag@w3.org
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/ Jeni Tennison <jeni@jenitennison.com> was heard to say:
| Hi Norm,
[...]
|> think the idea of basing this on some sort of schema annotation
|> stuff (rather than defaulted attributes) is really unlikely to ever
|> be widely deployed.
|
| Yeah, well, the same goes for type annotations by schemas. Perhaps
| XSLT 2.0 and XQuery will act as drivers for wide deployment of
| Infoset annotations (I say with tongue in cheek).

It's a possibility I guess. I don't expect I'll ever use them for the
largest XSLT applications I'm personally building. <insert random muttering
about decoupling XPath 2.0/XQuery from WXS here>

|> Simpler than my earlier example that *already works in my browser*?
|
| Yes.

Ok. Wow.

|>   <phrase xlink:href="http://www.example.com/" xlink:type="simple">...</phrase>
|>
|> Yeah, the xlink:type attribute is a little unfortunate, but it could
|> probably be made unnecessary be specifying that its default was
|> 'simple' and its presence was implied by xlink:href.
|
| Yep, that would help. Also getting rid of the necessity to declare the
| XLink namespace would help -- which would mean putting this stuff in
| the 'xml' namespace -- the new attributes that Micah suggested,
| stating that 'xlink' is a prefix that never has to be explicitly
| declared (Namespaces 1.1 is still a WD; now would be the time to do
| that), or having some new prefix (maybe 'xmllink') that can be
| attached on any attribute to turn it into a link, as Eric suggested.

Personally, I'd strongly oppose a new magic prefix.

If we get to the point where xml:href would be OK, but xlink:href
isn't because it requires a namespace declaration, well, I'll just be
left boggling, I think, to use your own adjective :-)

                                        Be seeing you,
                                          norm

- -- 
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XML Standards Architect | standing in a dictionary, how potent for good
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                        | knows how to use them!--Nathaniel Hawthorne
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