Handheld computers

Gavin Thomas Nicol gtn at ebt.com
Sun Nov 28 21:35:39 GMT 1999

> There might be a case for keeping ID and IDREF, for
> example, as a minimal mechanism for linking inside a
> document, but many of the features of XML (notably
> entities) are pretty complex in their
> own right. An architecture that does away with these, significantly
> reducing the complexity of implementing "vanilla" XML, and requires
> implementation of (say) an additional XLink layer for
> applications that need to create references between documents, would seem
to me
> to provide more, not less interoperability.

Only if people also implement XLink.... and XLink
itself is far from trivial.

In an ideal world, we'd have XML, XSLT, XLink, and maybe a
few others supported in all tools. The reality is that this
will likely never happen.

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