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Re: two failings of XLink

From: Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2002 10:39:00 -0400
Message-Id: <p04330108b9ba1d2a1c95@[]>
To: Jeni Tennison <jeni@jenitennison.com>, www-tag@w3.org

At 3:15 PM +0100 9/27/02, Jeni Tennison wrote:

>Just to be clear: you're advocating using XLink syntax (xlink:href
>attributes etc.) but ignoring XLink semantics (namely the distinction
>between simple and extended links).

Not at all. I'm saying I do want to use XLinks, both syntax and 
semantics. However, I want to use simple link syntax and semantics 
rather than extended link syntax and semantics. I think multiple 
simple links are a good fit for XHTML's needs.

>You're also advocating that XHTML is a "special case" as a markup
>language and therefore should be treated differently from other markup
>languages when it comes to tool support.

Yes, I'm advocating that it's a special case, but not for the reason 
you cite. I think it's a special case because of the vast installed 
base of hypertext. Thus as a practical matter any reasonable tool 
will treat HTML first and generic XML second.

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