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

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My two cents on SkunkLink and the potential future directions of linking in 
XML, which recapitulates something I said in the Linking Town Hall in 

An important recurring theme in this thread has been the need for 
modularization in linking markup, and I hope that this idea doesn't fade away.

At its core, a link only needs a single piece of information: the locator 
for a remote resource. If that's all there is, the resource holding it is 
the implied other end of the relationship being expressed, and you have a link:

<para>Check <link>http://www.cnn.com/WEATHER</link> before you fly to Los 

I'll admit, before Len points it out, that for better or worse this 
particular URI itself carries some additional semantic information; you 
don't have to follow it to get an idea of where it goes. Still, of all the 
people saying "I've stripped down linking to its essentials," I'm shooting 
for the "most stripped-down" prize.

Now, most will agree, if not insist, that a linking architecture needs more 
than just locators. It needs a few more things. What things? I have my own 
opinion, which I will keep to myself for now. Micah has published his idea 
of what they are (three of xlink:show's five values: replace, embed, and 
none. Just kidding.) Simon has alluded to a work in progress. What I'd 
really like to see is that once everyone submits their ideas about the most 
important metadata to carry with a link, we group this metadata into 
functional categories and then raise the discourse to a level that 
addresses those categories, particularly their dependency relationships. 
That would be the beginnings of a real linking architecture, and something 
that could be implemented as a modular spec that could more easily serve a 
lot of needs without overwhelming anyone. (Wouldn't it have been great if 
W3C Schema had done that?)

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