Simple explanation of difference between XLink and XPointer ?

James H. Blackwell Jr. jim.blackwell at
Tue Jul 7 16:52:00 BST 1998

Hi all,

Can anyone out there give me a simple explanation of the differences
between XLink and XPointer ?  Also, how do they relate to XML-LINK ?

The only difference I've seen so far between the two (XLink and
XPointer) is that XPointer seems to deal with intra-document links (like
<A NAME="#LINK"> in HTML) whereas XLink deals with inter-document (like
HTML concept of hyperlinks).

Also, what exactly is meant by a multidirectional link.

Examples of these would be helpful.  I've read all the W3C docs and
several other XML publications and still cannot come up with some
concrete examples/scenarios to describe these terms adequately.

Jim Blackwell

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