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Subject: Re: [dita] ITEM: Cross-references to Topicheads and Implicit Title-onlyTopics

>Michael is confusing the semantic of the *link* with the form of address.
>The semantic of the link *cannot* be determined by the form of address.

Keyref unequivocally points to the thing the topicref with the key points to. It is called keyref for that reason. Href unequivocally points to the thing being addressed directly - just like any normal href attribute.

If the thing being addressed in turn has an address, we can leave it to the processor to resolve. This would include hrefs to other xrefs, to link elements, cite elements, source elements, etc. as well as to topicrefs. And it would include keyrefs to topicrefs that point to other topicrefs as well.

I agree with Jeff Ogden that if we do want to get into the muddy details of specifying behavior for every possible href target (and maybe it would be a good thing to specify more behaviors - at least as defaults) then that needs to wait for DITA 1.3, and we should log it as a requirement for that timeframe.

Michael Priestley, Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM)
Lead IBM DITA Architect

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