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Special Edition Using XML, Second Edition by - et al. David Gulbransen

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XLink

What Is XLink?

To take full use of XML as a markup format, a generic method for providing links was created: XLink, the XML Linking Language. XLink is a W3C Recommendation that was released on 27 June 2001; this means that the W3C has declared this a stable, proven specification for use on the Web and elsewhere. The XLink specification is published at

http://www.w3.org/TR/xlink/

A link, in XLink terminology, is a relationship between one or more resources (or portions thereof) which are said to participate in the link. A resource is simply anything that can be addressed by a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI), such as a document on a Web site or an XML data repository. The use of XPointer allows for a portion of a resource to be identified ...

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