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XLink Markup Name Control

From: Steven Pemberton <steven.pemberton@cwi.nl>
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2000 11:24:03 +0100
Message-ID: <00ac01c065b7$fc2b71a0$0300a8c0@steven>
To: <www-xml-linking-comments@w3.org>
Cc: "HTML WG" <w3c-html-wg@w3.org>, "Tim Berners-Lee" <tbl@w3.org>, "Dan Connolly" <connolly@w3.org>, "Philipp Hoschka" <hoschka@w3.org>, <Daniel.Veillard@w3.org>
Regarding http://www.w3.org/TR/xlink-naming/, "XLink Markup Name Control",
which we assume is a result of the following requirement:

"In a meeting between Tim Berners-Lee, Dan Connolly (representing XML
Schema), Philipp Hoschka (representing SMIL) and Daniel Veillard
(representing XLink), there was consensus that Xlink and XML
Schema should not exit CR unless there is a solution to generic
link recognition that allows XHTML and SMIL to continue to use their
current linking markup. In particular, it must be demonstrated that
a program can use this solution to detect the linking semantics of
XHTML and SMIL linking attributes."


The HTML WG has read the proposed solution, and have come to the conclusion
that this note doesn't address our problems. While there are several aspects
that are left open, which we will be happy to elaborate on in more detail,
the central architectural failure is the ability to describe more than one
URL per element.

In July 1999 we had already communicated this architectural requirement as
being critical:


"Pemberton: "multiple URLs" seems to be critical to address,
 architecturally, in the 1st cut; other HTML WG requirements are less

Best wishes,

Steven Pemberton
Chair, HTML WG
Received on Thursday, 14 December 2000 05:25:13 UTC

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