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Re: two failings of XLink

From: Norman Walsh <Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM>
Date: Sun, 29 Sep 2002 16:01:41 -0400
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/ Jeni Tennison <jeni@jenitennison.com> was heard to say:
| Norm,
|> I don't think I was complaining about anything. I believe I replied
|> to Jeni that I didn't think the <object> tag above was a hypertext
|> reference and consequently that there was no motivation to express
|> it in XLink.
| So can you describe more formally what you class as a hypertext
| reference as opposed to a URI that is not a hypertext reference?

This strikes me as the sort of question where, no matter what answer
you give, someone will construct an edge case that's neither in nor
out of the boundaries drawn.

Here anyway is an attempt at a practical definition:

1. A hypertext references is a reference to something that if traversed
   will be displayed to a human reader. (So references to stylesheets
   and script libraries are not hypertext references.)

2. A hypertext reference is something you can type into a browser.
   I think this limits it effectively to a single URI reference (no extra
   parameters that can't or aren't encoded in the URI).

How's that?

                                        Be seeing you,

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