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   Re: [xml-dev] [Fwd: The problems with Xlink for integration languages]

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Thomas B. Passin wrote:

> With great respect to Jeni, I think that something has gotten lost here (I
> do not mean in her example, just the whole discussion the way it has
> developed).    If xhtml is supposed to be a replacement or follow-on to more
> or less replace html,  then its hyperlinks MUST BE SIMPLE TO UNDERSTAND AND
> USE.  Or at least, ordinary everyday hyperlinks must be.  Otherwise this new
> facility will not get used, or it will be used wrongly and sour the majority
> of web page developers on using it - back to html 4.0, at least it works and
> we can understand it.
> If we cannot get to a **really simple** syntax to express these notions, one
> that will be clear to most non-specialists and non-nerd html authors, we
> better forget it right now. 

Maybe, but maybe not.  The unfortunate fact is that the only people who 
get to choose which UI-oriented Web technologies people are exposed to 
is a small group of management and programmers in Redmond.  (The server 
side is different thank goodness).  If this group of godlike individuals 
had implemented extended links in the browser a couple of years ago, 
quite likely everybody would have said "that's cool, how did they do 
that?", done a 'view source'" and just started doing it.

Given the current power structure in our industry, all this talk on 
xml-dev about what people might and might not learn pretty well remains 
theorizing in absence of evidence. -Tim


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