RE: hyper XLinks

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From: Meltsner, Kenneth (
Date: Thu Jul 06 2000 - 09:53:36 PDT

Among the classics of hypertext, one paper (Randall Trigg's?) showed rather
conclusively that nearly no one would assign typed links. I believe this
was for an argumentation/corporate memory support system, so it may be
possible to get professional web developers/authors to do so. Or not, given
the generally cruddy markup on most "professional" sites. Also, cruddy
grammar, design, etc.


-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Brickley []
Sent: Thursday, July 06, 2000 11:42 AM
To: ''
Subject: Re: hyper XLinks

Yeah, mindbogling... XML is huge already. Who knows how big it'll get
once we acquire the ability to [gasp, drumroll, fireworks] hyperlink
these documents together...
No sarcasm intended, I'm psyched to see XLink progress, especially
as it now looks as if it'll do typed links in a way that can be harvested as
RDF :-)

Tragicomically, typed links appeared in the original www proposal ->
but somehow never quite happened (even though HTML had some support...)

Maybe with mobile's and the like, link typing (eg. for sitemaps) might
start to seem worth the investment amongst content creators...?


On Thu, 6 Jul 2000, v - Mark Kuharich wrote:

> The Web's hyperlinks are undergoing a thorough revision with a newly
> proposed XML specification. The World Wide Web Consortium this week urged
> Web developers to implement its new "candidate recommendation" for adding
> links to XML documents. Dubbed the XML Linking Language, or XLink, the
> technology promises to advance XML's capacity in one of the Web's most
> crucial and defining characteristics: The ability to connect one page to
> another
> Mark Kuharich

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