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From Stefano Mazzocchi <stef...@apache.org>
Subject Re: The need for a site-wide XML-based information system
Date Sun, 21 Nov 1999 23:52:56 GMT
Mike Dierken wrote:

> Let's toss up some requirements & create a straw-man proposal of the system
> diagram (like a WebDAV server, with a security proxy in front of everything
> and XSL in there somewhere...). 

No. Let's keep WebDAV out of the way for now. A couple of reasons:

1) no widely available tools
2) CVS is good enough for this
3) docs are already stored in CVS modules

CVS + SSH is good enough for now.

> >  <p>Here is the <link xlink:href="manual.xml"
> >                       xlink:type="simple"
> >                       xlink:mode="soft">user manual</link>
> >
> > where the "xlink:mode" attributed was invented here to allow XLink
> > interpreters to distinguish between hard links (where href
> > should not be
> > touched) and soft links (where href can be considered not as a URI but
> > as a key into a URI map)
> 
> I like this 'hard/soft' mode on an XML tagged link. After reading this I
> translated it into 'presentation' link and 'data' link. Data links are easy,
> because they are mixed in with other data. Presentation links are hard
> because the data will never know what presentation format it might end up
> in, so instructing the processor to blindly jam in stuff can get messy.
> That's one reason why HTML was so quickly adopted - you could do 'includes'
> without worrying about presentation because there was only one presentation
> format - HTML. The 'right' approach of separating data from presentation
> didn't work well & the 'wrong' approach worked because it was a simplified
> system.

Nice reasoning.

I looked deeper into the XLink spec and they clearly show the intention
of come up with something to solve this data/presentation problem.

I'll come up with something to propose here and we might brainstorm it
here furst before submitting it to the XLink WG for review. Deal?

-- 
Stefano Mazzocchi      One must still have chaos in oneself to be
                          able to give birth to a dancing star.
<stefano@apache.org>                             Friedrich Nietzsche



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