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XLink

HTML is HyperText Markup Language, and the one item that really makes HTML (HyperText Markup Language) hypertext was linking. Forget the image markup, forget all the other markup, hyperlinks defined Web documents in the early years. With a W3C Recommendation called XLink, we now have hyperlinks for XML.

XLink works by using a special xlink namespace (xmlns:xlink=”http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink”) on any element you apply it to in an XML document. Theoretically, you can create any kind of link from one Web file to another with XLink (say, from one XML document to another XML document, or to an image file). You could also theoretically specify if the file the element links to is a clickable link or a file the document loads automatically in place of the element (think images). You can even specify whether a clickable link opens its targeted file in the current window or a new window.


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