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   RE: [xml-dev] XLINK support in browsers

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    XLINK is primarily about defining links between documents in a standard manner and not about defining relations  
Can you explain the difference between a link and a relation[ship]?

    Honestly I do not understand your complain here: XLINK is a specification, so, like any standard it needs some fixed attribute or element name. The same goes for all the specifications. Lets take the XML Schema specification: you have some standard tags like "complexType, simpleType, complexContent" a.s.o. You could complain that XML Schema is useless because it forces you to use a certain set of tags.

If XLink is in the user interface space then it's reasonable for it to have its own vocabulary. But then it needs to be part of the user interface family of specs like XHTML. Why should it be in a specification all on its own?
If XLink isn't in the user interface space then I don't know what it's doing: I don't want standard attributes for defining relationships, I want to define my own.
I think XLink has never really decided whether it's in the "information content" space or the "user interface" space, and that's why no-one is using it.
Michael Kay 


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