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 From: Saašha Metsärantala
> I also wonder why not use xml:id instead of MADS's own ID.

It's not MAD's own ID, it's xs:id.  xs:id is used in a MODS or MADS record when it is encapsulated within a wrapper record, for example METS, to allow the excapsulating record to link to an element within the encaplsulated record from outside of that record. It does so via xs:idref.   xs:idref and xs:id work together. Using xml:id instead, this mechanism wouldn't work.

--Ray