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Chapter 2.1 of the XLink Recommendation states, "There are six XLink elements
But, a careful search of the XLink Recommendation reveals only XLink
attributes. No XLink elements in the final Recommendation ... at least in the
sense of elements in the XLink namespace ... although elements in the XLink
namespace had appeared in earlier drafts of the XLink specification.
It seems ... to me at least ... perverse to use a term "XLink element" to
refer to elements other than those (of which there are none) which are in the
I can see that the XLink WG sought a succinct term to refer to "an XML
element in a non-XLink namespace which bears an attribute which is in the
XLink namespace". The term "XLink element" is substantially shorter.
But should brevity be bought at the price of being misleading?