Re: XLink vs. HLink

Once again, the press is able to predict our every move with great
precision :-)

Apparently we're supposed to be weighing in on XLink vs HLink.

Are we considering this issue?  Is it on the agenda somewhere?  I musta
missed it...

Heather Kreger
Web Services Lead Architect
STSM, SWG Emerging Technology
919-543-3211 (t/l 441)  cell:919-496-9572
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