W3C TAG nixes HLink

by Simon St. Laurent

Related link: http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-tag/2002Sep/0183.html

After encouraging the XHTML Working Group to publish HLink, an alternative approach to XLink better suited to XHTML, the TAG announced yesterday that it was the "unanimous opinion of the TAG that XLink should be used for hypertext references in XHTML 2.0."

Earlier yesterday, XML.com published two pieces on HLink: Kendall Clark's "Introducing HLink" and Micah Dubinko's "A Hyperlink Offering".

Heated discussion is taking place on the TAG list. It's not entirely clear that the TAG can order the change, and Tim Bray suggested a somewhat less explicit interpretation of the TAG's announcement, but asbestos suits are recommended.

Personally speaking, I think the TAG made a remarkably poor decision, basically because XLink isn't up to the job of interacting with existing (X)HTML expectations. Rather than being an enabler, it serves in this case as a straitjacket.

Must there be only one? (approach to hyperlinking)