XML Link Questions (again)

Henry S. Thompson ht at cogsci.ed.ac.uk
Mon Jan 12 09:08:13 GMT 1998

"Eve L. Maler" <elm at arbortext.com> writes:

> >At 02:52 PM 10/01/98 +0000, Neil Bradley wrote:
> >>In both the XML Language and XML Link schemes, a target element can be
> >>identified by its ID value. Is it possible using XML Link to target an
> >>element in a document that does not have a DTD, and if so, how is the
> >>target attribute identified, by a fixed attribute name of 'Id'?
> >
> Tim Bray answered:
> >There's no way to know something is an ID element without access to
> >a DTD or 'inside knowledge' about that particular document type.
> >This is a problem.
> There is an issue in the XLL Issues List (at
> <http://www.w3.org/XML/Group/9712/xll-issues-19971203>, which
> requires a W3C member password) on this topic.  We'll be returning
> to XLL work Real Soon Now.

Note that the XSL proposal addressed this issue by providing a means
in style sheets for identifying ID attributes in target documents.  A
similar mechanism might make sense for XLL.


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