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Re: Proposed anchor target attribute _download

From: Robin Berjon <robin@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 04 Jan 2013 12:03:21 +0100
Message-ID: <50E6B6F9.7060602@w3.org>
To: Charles McCathie Nevile <chaals@yandex-team.ru>
CC: public-html@w3.org
On 04/01/2013 04:14 , Charles McCathie Nevile 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.

I don't think so. Obviously this could be used stupidly, but that would 
just cause the site to shoot itself in the foot so I doubt it will be 
used overly poorly.

The default situation is that activating a link follows it, and users 
have an option to download it instead. This just reverses the situation. 
As an author-driven way of specifying a different default behaviour it 
is exactly similar to target=_blank except that _blank is used 
annoyingly wrongly altogether too often whereas I'm pretty sure that 
that won't be the case for @download. In fact @download can be seen as 
just target=_download with the ability to specify the file name.

Robin Berjon - http://berjon.com/ - @robinberjon
Received on Friday, 4 January 2013 11:03:28 UTC

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