Re: PLink availability/feature requests

From: Murray Altheim (
Date: Thu Apr 12 2001 - 12:25:09 PDT

Jack Park wrote:
> Open questions:
> If you renumber something, what happens to all the links that relied on the
> sequence? Is renumbering only allowed during original creation of a
> document, and, in turn, not allowed later (i.e. documents may only be
> annotated, not revised)? <thesis>after you publish a document, scanners will
> build links that will be near impossible to maintain unless an enormous
> database of link dependencies is maintained</thesis>
> Jack

I don't think either Purple or PLink (I think I'm going to simply call
it "plink" instead) avoids any of the classic link maintenance issues.
The only thing I can say about this is that my processor adds a version/
date <meta> element into the document as it processes it. I don't
currently have this *removing* earlier <meta> elements added by plink,
but then again, I've not considered the idea of running documents through
the processor multiple times. Right now this would just keep adding
links. I'd say the way to do this is maintain a source document that is
auto-processed onto the web site, probably with a ksh script or something
akin. Purple or plink would simply become part of the normal document
processing for a site. The ksh script would become the repository of
the command line controls for a particular web page. Earlier versions
of my command line processors handled directories, but this one was a
quick hack.


Murray Altheim <mailto:altheim&#x40;>
XML Technology Center
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