XLink provides attributes to mark the elements as linking elements. The global attributes which can be used in XLinks are:

XLink attributes

Attribute type


Type definition attribute

“type”.  Specifies type of link. It can be

‘simple’ – suggests it is simple link.

‘extended’ – suggests it is extended link.

‘locator’ – Points to external source.

‘resource’ – Points to internal object.

‘arc’ – the rule defining link between source and destination.

‘title’ – description of the linking element.


Locator attribute

‘href’ – refers to the location link.


Semantic Attribute

‘role’ – It describe the property of the resource.

‘arcrole’ – URI reference for some description of arc role.

‘title’ – Gives description of the


Behavior attribute

show – It specifies where the link has to be opened. It can be ‘new’ i.e. a new window, ‘replace’ i.e. replace existing window, ‘embed’ i.e. embed in the existing window, ‘other’ or ‘none’. The ‘replace’ is the default one.

actuate – It refers to, when the linked resource is read. It can be ‘onload’ i.e. when document is loaded or ‘onRequest’ i.e. when link is clicked.


Traversal attribute

‘label’ – It is used to identify the element

‘from’- Defines start point of arc

‘to’ – Defines end point of arc.


Simple example with XLink attributes

<?xml version=”1.0”?>

<earth xmlns:xlink=”http://www/w3/org/TR/xlink/”>    

<country xlink: type=”simple” xlink:href=”google.com” xlink:show=”new” xlink:actuate=”onRequest”>India</country>



Example with multiple XLink attributes

<?xml version=”1.0”?>


<link xmlns:xlink =http://www/w3/ord/TR/xlink/ xlink:type=”extended”>

 <film1 xlink:type=”locator” xlink:role=”English” xlink:href=”www.film1promos.xml” />

<hero xlink:type=”locator” xlink:label=”1990” xlink:href=”www.film1promos.xml”>

<award xlink:type=”locator” xlink:label=”multi-starrer” xlink:href=”www.film1promos.xml”>

<bind xlink:type=”arc” xlink:from=”English” xlink:to=”1990”/>

<bind xlink:type=”arc” xlink:from=”English” xlink:to=” multi-starrer”/>




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