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Re: Resources or local resources?

From: Eve L. Maler <Eve.Maler@east.sun.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2000 10:55:11 -0400
Message-Id: <4.3.1.2.20000712105420.00c38100@abnaki.East.Sun.Com>
To: Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>
Cc: www-xml-linking-comments@w3.org, xlxp-dev@fsc.fujitsu.com
Thanks, we'll add the issue.  This has come up a couple of times, but we 
always ended up keeping the terms we had because the proposed alternatives 
didn't suit.  This will be our last chance to get it right! :-)

         Eve

At 10:07 AM 7/12/00 -0700, Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:
>I'm concerned that some of the terminology in the XLink CR is a little
>inconsistent and unnecessarily confusing. In particular, it bothers me
>that a resource type element only refers to local resources whereas a
>locator element refers to remote resources.
>
>For example, consider this paragraph from a chapter I'm working on about
>the latest version of XLink:
>
>A resource element can and generally does have the same attributes as a
>locator element; that is, xlink:label, xlink:role, and xlink:title.
>These all have the same semantics as they do for locator elements. For
>instance, the label can be used so arcs can connect to and from
>resources. An arc can connect a resource to a resource, a resource to a
>locator, a locator to a resource, or a locator to a locator. Arcs really
>don't care whether resources are local or remote.
>
>Actually all arcs connects rtesources to resources. I think that's less
>clear than this:
>
>A local element can and generally does have the same attributes as a
>locator element; that is, xlink:label, xlink:role, and xlink:title.
>These all have the same semantics as they do for locator elements. For
>instance, the label can be used so arcs can connect to and from local
>elements. An arc can connect a local to a local, a local to a locator, a
>locator to a local, or a locator to a locator. Arcs really don't care
>whether resources are local or remote.
>
>What I'm proposing is to rename the type of the local resource from
>resource to something else such as "local". The reason is that a
>resource element doesn't really represent all kinds of resources, just
>local ones. I'm not wedded to the name "local". I just don't want it to
>be "resource".
>
>Another possibility is to rename the resource type to local and the
>locator type to remote, though I suppose that might be a little
>confusing when the locator locates an element in the same document. Or
>we could rename locator "uri" and resource "here". That more clearly
>indicates what's expected in the attribute value.

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Eve Maler                                    +1 781 442 3190
Sun Microsystems XML Technology Center    elm @ east.sun.com
Received on Wednesday, 12 July 2000 10:54:43 GMT

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