XLink: behavior must go!

Martin Bryan mtbryan at sgml.u-net.com
Fri May 14 07:51:41 BST 1999

Jonathon Borden wrote:

>    Is there anything within XLink itself that cannot be replaced by XSLT
>now that doc() and docref() have been defined? Does XLink not become
>something akin to a standard set of XSLT templates used for handling URI
>traversal? doc() and docref(), as well as unification with XPointer turn
>XSLT into a generalized graph transformation language. Could the XLink spec
>itself become an XSLT include file?

I expect that doc() and/or doc(ref) can be used to implement XLink, but not
to specify what is to be linked to within the source document. You still
need some generalized technique to identify when the included templates
should be applied. (I still have problems with working out how docref() can
be used to process the query part of an URL though!)

Martin Bryan

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