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   Re: [xml-dev] @href or @src?

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In XHTML (and XForms) a consistent pattern is emerging.

href means something the user chooses to traverse, and link activation 
generally replaces the entire document

src means something that automatically traverses, and link activation 
generally replaces something smaller than the entire document

Both of these are defined in such a way that through modularization 
techniques they can be (and in XHTML 2.0 actually are) defined across 
arbitrary elements.

And yes, by this measure, XInclude is using the wrong attribute name. 


Frans Englich wrote:

>On the topic of vocabulary design, the picky category:
>What is the best attribute name for "referencing" URLs? href or src?
>Among common W3C vocabularies I see no pattern in the choice of names. For 
>example, XInclude uses @href, but XHTML's script element uses src. What makes 
>a Javascript a "source" while excluding an XML document, which is inserted 
>into another, from the "source" definition?
>A search for "define: href" on google says it's a Hypertext Reference. Isn't 
>the content of a src element that too?
>This is the answer: 1) There's no pattern, it's all random; 2) Frans should go 
>do something useful.
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