[xml-h] How semantic are links?

Norman Walsh ndw at nwalsh.com
Sun Jan 19 15:19:07 GMT 2003

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/ "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl at simonstl.com> was heard to say:
| ndw at nwalsh.com (Norman Walsh) writes:
|>I think my mind is still open on this issue, but I tend pretty
|>strongly towards the former camp, I think. Links are semantic and
|>belong in the markup in a first-class way that I don't think style
|>deserves. If I send you a document, you should be able to know what
|>the links are, even if you have to resort to reading the content in
| Does this also mean that you want the links included directly in
| documents, rather than stored externally in linkbases?

I think Bob may be right, the answer is "yes" and "yes".

Linkbases seem like a really standard annotation mechanism to me.
That's not quite the same as "authoring intent" and I guess it seems
much more like a "great to have" than a "must have".

If I say

  <para>Simon St. Laurent publishes frequently on
  <ulink url="http://www.xml.com/">XML.com</ulink>.</para>

I, the author, am establishing a link that is part of the content of
my document. It's there whether it's styled or not even whether it's
displayed or not.

If a linkbase establishes some relationship between the string "Simon
St. Laurent" and some other location, that's ok, but it wasn't
authored that way.

When push comes to shove, maybe these two situations are
indistinguishable. But it *feels* like there's a distinction.

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