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   Re: XLink a special case in the self-describing Web?

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  • From: Eve.Maler@east.sun.com (Eve Maler - Sun Microsystems)
  • To: "John Cowan" <jcowan@reutershealth.com>, "xml-dev@xml.org" <xml-dev@xml.org>, "Steven R. Newcomb" <srn@techno.com>
  • Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 18:23:28 -0400

>> XLink is going to be a W3C
>> Recommendation, and nobody else's.  Its canonical expression must be
>> W3C's, and nobody else's.  Formal expressions of it cannot be regarded
>> as a reliable basis for open information interchange if they are not
>> blessed by the W3C.
>I think the W3C would be happy to publish an informative architectural
>DTD for XLink, if somebody concocted one.  The definition of XLink
>is normative prose, not any kind of formalism.

Several people have already experimented with this, and though I can't
promise anything, it's extremely likely that the Linking WG would eventually
publish one or more (normative/non-normative/experimental) schemas for XLink.

(BTW, the XLink spec does not prevent (e.g.) locator-type elements from
appearing in other places besides as children of extended-type elements...
The spec just happens to prescribe application behavior only when the
parent-child relationship obtains.  Thus, a *normative* schema of the
language would not be in a position to forbid other occurrences of 


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