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   Re: [xml-dev] 10th anniversary of the annoucement of XML ..need help

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On Jun 06, 2006, at 19:44, Rick Jelliffe wrote:
> At the ISO SC34 meeting in Korea, a question came up of whether  
> there was
> any scope for repackaging parts of HyTime in some more XML/XPath/XLink
> friendly way. Anyone who has ideas or requirements or use cases or  
> running
> code in this area is very welcome to let an SC34 WG 1 committee person
> know

I think there is some form of lack of communication between the folks  
who know what HyTime does in this area and those who may have use  
cases. The latter aren't formulating requests for features they might  
not know can be accomplished in a more or less unified manner, the  
former tend, in my experience, to discuss the technical details of  
how it could be done but say little of actual use cases. It smells  
like there could be something to unearth here, though I must I have  
no clue what.

> I don't see it myself. The poor uptake of XLink suggests there is some
> funny dynamic at play hindering linking in general, independent of
> the technical excellence of the solutions.

In my experience, XLink carries too high a cost for the simple uses   
la HTML, and is apparently insufficiently powerful for the advanced  
uses. I don't know if it's just that or if there is more of a "funny  
dynamic". All SVG got from adopting it is questions about why one  
should need an extra namespace instead of just having a simple local  
attribute. Proposals to introduce more advanced linking to it have  
largely met with blank stares so far.

-- 
Robin Berjon
    Senior Research Scientist
    Expway, http://expway.com/






 

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