XML and Broken Links

From owner-xml-l@LISTSERV.HEA.IE Mon Mar 30 18:16:58 1998
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 19:06:36 -0500
From: "Eve L. Maler" <elm@ARBORTEXT.COM>
Subject: Re: XML and broken links

How Can the XML Pointer Language (XLink and XPointer) Help Solve the Problem of Broken Links on the Net?

At 03:21 PM 3/26/98 -0500, Hariharan Natarajan wrote:
>I'm a newcomer to XML. Can anybody explain how XML deals with broken links in a
>a webpage?

The XML language per se doesn't deal with it, but the XML Linking Language and XML Pointer Language (XLink and XPointer) will help to solve the problem. They will only "help to" solve the problem because anytime you point to a resource that you have no control over, there's a risk that the resource won't be available or won't be exactly the resource you have in mind. For example, this might happen if a server is down, if someone decides to rearrange the contents of the target document, or if the filesystem on which the target document resides is reorganized.

There are two strategies available:

    (co-editor of the XLink and XPointer specifications)