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   Re: [xml-dev] Using XLink, XPointer

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** Reply to message from "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com> on Wed,  4
Dec 2002 10:08:55 -0500

> Is anyone out there using XLink and/or XPointer for production work?
> (Even research work could be interesting.)  There are a couple of
> different categories of work that come to mind:

XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language, http://www.xbrl.org/) uses
external XLink linkbases, so it makes sophisticated use of XLink.  It is a
major XML format in the financial/accounting worlds, and is probably the most
significant use of XLink to date.  There is a lot of money behind XBRL and the
projects currently being handled using XBRL, which is money supporting the
development of XLink-savvy tools.  That said, it seems that most current XBRL
tools are using private XLink implementations, except for the demonstration
tools produced by Fujitsu, which use Fujitsu's well-known XLink engine.  There
are also some tools which are handling XLink in XBRL by converting it to
equivalent RDF first.

Anthony B. Coates, Information & Software Architect
MDDL Editor (Market Data Definition Language)


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