Announcement of an I-D

John Cowan cowan at
Fri Oct 1 19:46:44 BST 1999

Simon St.Laurent scripsit:

> I think we've got a fundamental disconnect here.  Generic XML software (say
> a directory system or something making a reference) isn't going to care
> whether a given XML document is SVG or CGM or whatever.  All it necessarily
> knows is that the target document is XML.  Why should it know anything
> about SVG or CGM's fragment identifiers?

Why should it even know that the target is XML?  After all, CGM is
*not* XML, nor even textual!

Processing links requires understanding what the format of the link
target is, and only when you know that do you know what a fragment
identifier means.

If OTOH you don't undertsand the format, you need to pass off to
someone who does.  This is commonplace nowadays with graphics formats,
which are handled by external applications.  All that's needed is
a platform-standard way of passing the fragment id to the external
application (or plug-in, same thing from 20,000 feet).

John Cowan                                   cowan at
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