Redirecting XML files?

Paul Prescod paul at
Tue May 11 05:27:18 BST 1999

Dave Winer wrote:
> What I'd like to say is that the webmaster should change the old file to
> "redirect" to the new file.
> Something like this:
> <?xml version="1.0"?>
> <redirect></redirect>
> ...
> Is there any provision in the XML specs for redirecting in this manner or a
> similar one?

No, but I think that there should be. Existing mechanisms are
server-specific and thus not open. You could use an XLink with
"auto"/"replace" but the behavior of the XLink behavioral attributes are
massively underspecified and downright dangerous. I hope that they are
gone by the time the specification goes gold.

 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself

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