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   RE: [xml-dev] SkunkLink: a skunkworks XML linking proposal

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The problem may be that linking is not a general 
purpose functionality.  That is, linking, the term, 
is defined to mean too many slightly overlapping 
but otherwise distinct categories of functionality. 

Again: should the declaration to traverse be the 
same as the declaration of a relationship?  In 
the middle of that is the declaration of location, 
but it isn't essential except to traversal.  Hytime 
separated the notion of linking (here, declaring 
a relationship) from location (here, declaring 
an address).  URIs weld those together.  If one 
steps back and looks at both approaches, what 
falls out of each?  I think it important to 
understand that without all of the other standard 
definitions (eg, http headers), the URI approach 
falls apart.   That is, it takes more than a URI 
to traverse a network.

Standards based simply on momentum can be 
the same as clearing land by rolling parked 
automobiles at the trees.  It works but it 
creates its own mess.


From: Micah Dubinko [mailto:MDubinko@cardiff.com]

Hi Len,

>Do you have a comfort 
>level for having done that or do you think that
>simplification (eg, just two common attributes)
>will support growth?

For general-purpose XML linking, I don't think anyone has a comfort level
for what works and what doesn't, otherwise, this discussion wouldn't be
necessary. :-)

The goal of picking only two attributes is to get the thing off the ground.
Adding all the whiz-bang features in SkunkLink 2.0 or some
application-specific language would certainly take several more attributes
(and not necessarily in the xml:namespace, as mentioned in the Q & A

Growth of standards is achieved through momentum. The situation where
everybody is sick to death of even talking about a subject is a terrible way
to make progress. SkunkLink aims to change that.


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