[whatwg] XPointer

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Tue Apr 19 03:10:10 PDT 2005

On Sat, 13 Nov 2004, Laurens Holst wrote:
> What about requiring XPointer support in UA's? Would certainly make 
> linking to a point inside another document a whole lot easier, as 
> opposed to having to rely on the document author's application of ID's 
> on every section.

Requiring XPointer support is the job of the XPointer spec, not the WHATWG 

Having said that, personally my experiences with XPointer have led me to 
conclude that it is an over-complicated way of achieving what is much more 
easily achived using IDs and fragment identifiers. Occasionally those fail 
to get the accuracy one would want, but I'm not convinced those cases are 
worth the massive complexity of XPointer.

In any case though, as I said, it's not WHATWG's role to take a position 
on other specs, especially those that are already part of a standards 
track and so forth.

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