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Re: [xml-dev] xlink 1.1

On Sat, 2010-02-27 at 08:29 -0500, Simon St.Laurent wrote:
> XLink support as a general feature seems to be vanishing, as the copied 
> August message below from Henri Sivonen points out.

The Working Group, years ago, never really got consensus on the part
of XLink that I always thought would have made it really useful: that
of link discovery, known to HyTime fans as architectural forms.  XLink
was also not quite powerful enough to meed the requirements of HTML,
specifically in not supporting a single element with multiple links
(consider the lowsrc and longdesc attributes on images), although there
was never really any chance of renaming href to xlink:href in HTML.

The spec does still need to be maintained and revised from time to time.

> I do still regularly dream of XLink-based applications, though - I've 
> just concluded I can't actually have them in the contexts where I'd like 
> them.

You have such wonderful dreams :-)


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