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- From: Didier PH Martin <email@example.com>
- To: north@synopsys.COM, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2000 12:23:58 -0500
Simon St.Laurent said:
> I wonder if maybe there'd be a way to establish this a little more
> solidly as a means of providing metadata about links and inclusions.
> XLink already provides some metadata, but I suspect we're going to
> find more places where extra information about a link might be useful,
> and where they might be useful across multiple applications.
Simon North said:
Isn't this precisely where topic maps come in?
Yes and no. topic maps are collection of links. These links also come with
meta data or facets or something like the RDF properties. A topic is a
collection of resources and could therefore be an xlink extended object.
However, topic maps are not well equipped to handle conditional inclusions
or inclusion/transformations. They just define topics and their related
collection. Thus the implicit model encoded by topic maps is:
Topic maps uses links to encode such model. So, you can say that a topic map
is also a linkbase. Conclusion, it does not help very much with dynamic
inclusions based on the user interactivity or inclusions to be performed
before any user interactivity.
Didier PH Martin
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