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  • The XML Linking Language, or XLink, is an XML markup language used for creating hyperlinks for XML documents. XLink is a W3C specification which describes methods for allowing elements to be inserted into XML documents in order to create and describe links between resources, whether internal or external to the original document. (Wikipedia, retrieved 16:25, 6 November 2006 (MET))

1 Current implementations

As of March 2013, the full XLinks standard does not seem to be in current Web browsers. However, a subset does work in Firefox (and did since the dark ages).

1.1 Xlink for text-centric XML rendered with CSS

  • Simple Xlinks work in Firefox for XML contents. E.g.
 <root xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink"> 
  <link xlink:href="http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/check/referer"
        xlink:type="simple">CSS Validator</A>


    <a  xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink" 
     ECMAscript for XML</a>

However, the user may have to hold down the CTRL or the SHIFT button to make this work. Totally strange, since in the past xlinks did work - Daniel K. Schneider (talk) 18:57, 18 March 2013 (CET)

Workaround for all browsers. Include an XHTML fragment in your XML, i.e. the "a" tag roughly like this:

1.2 XLinks in SVG

  • Simple Xlink support is mandatory for SVG 1.0 implementations and works with all browsers that support SVG.

2 Links

2.1 Standards

2.2 Tutorials

2.3 General

2.4 Software

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3 References

  • Arciniegas, Fabio (2000). What is XLink xml.com article, HTML
  • Arciniegas, Fabio (2000). XLink Reference, xml.com article, HTML
  • Arciniegas, Fabio (2000). XLink: An Introductory Example, xml.com article, HTML

3.1 Clients