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Subject: XLink support

So. Armed with Eric's work


I've been looking at XLink support in DocBook in more detail.

We have not done well.

The extendedlink element has arc and locator children, but no resource child.
Worse still, we've just about introduced a resource element for an entirely
different purpose.

And also, for an extended link that occurs inline

<citetitle xlink:type="extended">
  <xxx xlink:type="arc" ... />

the content of that extended link can be an arc, locator, and/or resource too.

So it seems to me that either we need to allow arc/locator/resource
more-or-less globally (with some Schematron; and with a solution to
the resource problem) or we don't need them at all (but we do need something
inside extendedlink, and we'd be making a backwards incompatilbe change).

What's more, even if we allow them, they're a bit redundant because
you'd have to say

  <arc xlink:type="arc">...

                                        Be seeing you,

Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com>      | Reason's last step is the
http://www.oasis-open.org/docbook/ | recognition that there are an
Chair, DocBook Technical Committee | infinite number of things which
                                   | are beyond it.-- Pascal

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