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Re: [Issue fragmentInXML-28] Use of fragment identifiers in XML

From: Simon St.Laurent <simonstl@simonstl.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Nov 2002 20:38:14 -0500
To: www-tag@w3.org
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Ian Jacobs reported:
> Issue fragmentInXML-28 was been accepted by the TAG at their 28
> Oct 2002 teleconference.
> Do fragment identifiers refer to a syntactice element (at least for
> XML content), or can they refer to abstractions?

I'm not sure that question is properly phrased as a simple 'or'.  It's
not clear at all (per [1]) that fragment identifiers can refer to a
syntactic element, nor is it clear (per [2]) that it is plain how they
could precisely specify how to get to that element.  

It seems reasonably clear that fragment identifiers could identify
abstractions if the representation into which they pointed specified
support for fragment identifiers as pointing to abstractions, though
that's kind of intriguing on its own.

It seems answering the question "to what do fragment identifiers refer,
and how?" is probably a better question than the version above with its
non-exclusive and perhaps unlikely answers.

[1] -
0039.html , noting particularly point 4
[2] -  http://www.w3.org/2002/11/04-tag-summary#frags, [Norm]

Yes, I could really use some more precise fragment identifiers for these

Simon St.Laurent - SSL is my TLA
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urn:oid: is another possibility altogether
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