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   Re: [xml-dev] re: Are hyperlinks presentation or content?

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On Tuesday 01 October 2002 11:18 pm, Paul Prescod wrote:
> Joshua Allen wrote:
> > Wouldn't it be fair to say that hyperlinks are neither presentation nor
> > content, but rather semantics/metadata?
> Some documents are totally useless without their hyperlinks. e.g. RSS.
> So I think that the hyperlinks are as much the "real data" as the titles
> and descriptions.

In that case, certainly. In general... in general nothing; it depends on the 

Are the URLs in XBEL links or just URLs-as-data? Depends on your viewpoint, I 
guess :-) Either way they're certainly content.

A link to an image with the intention that the target of the link be embedded 
is pretty presentational, especially if it's a 1x1 transparent gif stretched 
to make a spacer...

LINK REL="stylesheet" is definitely related to presentation in *some* way.

Links as semantics... yeah, I can see that perspective too; it's the 
semantics of the clickable bits. Particularly when the 'link' is javascript: 
or mailto: - but that's a bit naughty anyway.

>   Paul Prescod


Oh, pilot of the storm who leaves no trace, Like thoughts inside a dream
Heed the path that led me to that place, Yellow desert screen


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