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Comments on XLink WD: remove simple links

From: Rick JELLIFFE <ricko@gate.sinica.edu.tw>
Date: Thu, 30 Dec 1999 04:19:28 +0800
Message-ID: <386A6CD0.24C2ED1E@gate.sinica.edu.tw>
To: www-xml-linking-comments@w3.org
 Comments from W3C member Academia Sinica
- Rick Jelliffe

Simple links should be removed from XLink.

Users who require simple syntax have the options:
    1) transform a home-made syntax using XSLT
    2) use smil:a, html:a or html:img

In my view, XLink should be targeted at "backend-end" data
(semantic and topic links especially) while smil:a and html:a
should be unified for use in terminal data formats sent to
browsers.

These two application areas have sufficiently different tradeoffs
that it is likely that a general-purpose linking mechanism may
be unsatisfactory for both.

Simple links provide an extra complication that is not warranted,
given the continuation of html:a and smil:a.
Received on Wednesday, 29 December 1999 15:19:32 UTC

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