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Re: Proposed anchor target attribute _download

From: Lee Kowalkowski <lee.kowalkowski@googlemail.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2013 10:42:44 +0000
Message-ID: <CAGpS7GMfPyRaJaiafaLhwdCS529ObYM7_5ZmKpzv-WhgtN4Ohg@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-html <public-html@w3.org>
On 4 January 2013 03:14, Charles McCathie Nevile <chaals@yandex-team.ru>wrote:

> An author is expected to know whether I would prefer to download a
> resource or simply open it normally. This strikes me as unlikely.

Really?  That depends what the link's content says.  A "Download this
wallpaper" link resulting in downloading an image instead of opening it in
the browser would not astonish most users.  In fact, it would help a lot of
users that are unaware of the alternatives to just clicking links.

The use case offered in this thread essentially suggests defining the user
> interface of browsers - which is often not a good idea, and has therefore
> generally been avoided.

I thought the use case was for content authors that would like the
Content-Disposition behaviour, but do not have the level of control of the
server required to implement it (or the skills).

> I don't recall reading the discussion

Me neither!

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