In this article, we have attempted to illustrate some of the functionality that will be enabled by the emerging XPointer and XLink standards. Although the standards have reached a certain degree of stability, tools to support these standards are still emerging. It is important to note that much of the semantics of XLink-coded links will be defined outside the XLink and XPointer standards. As such, although we have detailed a typical scenario, the specific interface behaviors will largely depend on the design of XLink support within browsers and other related tools.
Further information on XLink can be found in the relevant standards (see http://www.w3c.org) and in our recent book, XPath, XLink, XPointer, and XML: A Practical Guide to Web Hyperlinking and Transclusion (Addison-Wesley, 2002).