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Generic link handling

From: Paul Prescod <pprescod@blastradius.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2002 16:31:05 -0800
Message-ID: <3DE563C9.5080402@blastradius.com>
To: WWW-Tag <www-tag@w3.org>

The Web has profited greatly by the existence of tools that can follow 
links from resource to resource without necessarily understanding all of 
the semantics of the relationship. Google is the most obvious example 
but it is not the only spider out there. There are also tools that allow 
link checking, site replication, link visualization, and so forth.

In W3C specifications there are a variety of ways to link. HTML alone 
uses several different attribute names. SOAP uses a bare-name convention 
(even on elements in other namespaces). XLink is supposed to be used 
across XML vocabularies but only vocabularies that are "document-like". 
RDF uses another convention. XSLT and XML Schema link to inclusions 
using yet another convention.

Does anybody else see this as a problem? Is it a TAG issue? An xml-core 
issue? xml:href anybody? Is XLink supposed to be the solution? If not, 
why not?

  Paul Prescod
Received on Wednesday, 27 November 2002 19:48:55 UTC

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