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That was the point I made in the Vancouver speech
at the first hytime conference. I even wrote a
formula out for it because it had to include
the notion of time (linking into a process)
given a dynamic system.
There is a straightforward analogy of view to
query to hyperlink to function. Given a decent
relational backend, the hypertext goes back to
being ThinGUI. Consider what a completely
non-inlined system would look like, or just
pull out the old Windows GUI description files.
A view and topical link look an awful lot alike
is the link is just a control over a query. As
asked in a thread two weeks ago, what is the advantage
of a topic map over a query? Why are most linking
tools considered mostly at the presentation layer?
To click on a query. They are controls. It is
one reason I am not sanguine about requiring
namespaces as the total solution for glueing
aggregates together. URIs are system identifiers.
From: Sean McGrath [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
I had cause recently to muse that the database concept of a "view" is one
of the more powerful ideas we somehow lost in the headlong rush to XML
Come back database view technology: all is forgiven