[xml-h] link typing

Simon St.Laurent simonstl at simonstl.com
Tue Jan 21 11:48:38 GMT 2003

jcowan at reutershealth.com (John Cowan) writes:
>The values of xlink:type are not link types, but element types; they
>indicate nothing about the link, but only indicate the (attribute)
>syntax of the element to which they are attached.  In fact, all of
>these represent auxiliary element types except "simple" and
>"extended", and these so-called types differ only in syntax.
>The true XLink representation of "link types" in the sense you mean is
>xlink:role attributes.

XLink piles an awful lot of stuff into attriibutes, and roles are pretty
opaque.  I have to confess that I feel a ridiculous amount of freedom in
working on VELLUM, largely because I don't have to worry about how to
integrate types and roles with other XML vocabularies that may simply
not care.

Also, SkunkLink seems in many ways to simply throw away those questions,
a different route but one that greatly simplifies the task of figuring
out what to do with a link.

Simon St.Laurent
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