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The beauty of it is that for human users (consider
why we do hypertext instead of relational records),
the link is inside a descriptive context because
the author put it there. Not only do we know it
is a CNN link, it is about the weather, we know
it is about the weather in Los Angeles, it is
timely (BEFORE flying), and the author considers
it important (what is it about the weather that
can't wait). As a sign, it does its job well.
As a control, it does its job well.
The task you suggest has analogs in Costello's
recent emails about what is high value information.
From: Bob DuCharme [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
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.