The Behavior Question
show and actuate?
- An architectural question Some in the XML community oppose the inclusion of 'show' and 'actuate', arguing that this functionality is more appropriate to the realm of style sheets and scripts.
- Not always there Style sheets aren't used in all XML processing, nor is script processing always available. (The previous demonstration, for example.) On the other hand, applications may not always be able to support the choices presented by XLink, either.
- A useful hook While it may not meet everyone's standards for architectural purity, the show and actuate attributes may prove useful as a foundation on which 'real' behavior can be built. Recent drafts allowing applications to use other values open these possibilities further.
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