Re: Re[2]: Some HTML 3.0 suggestions

Michael Johnson (michaelj@relay.relay.com)
Tue, 01 Nov 94 08:46:18 EST


Subject: Re: Re[2]: Some HTML 3.0 suggestions
Message-Id: <MICHAELJ.941101084618@relay.relay.com>
From: michaelj@relay.relay.com (Michael Johnson)
To: www-html@www0.cern.ch (HTML discussion list)
Date:    Tue, 01 Nov 94 08:46:18 EST

>I can't use the existing <DFN> tag, since it only marks the definition
>and not the term being defined. Simply using something similar such as
><DEFINITION> won't work since, unlike <FOOTNOTE> and <MARGIN> which use
>some browser chosen symbols as the "hot-link" (or can I do
><FOOTNOTE SRC="symbol"> to use a user-defined symbol?), a definition needs
>a word or phrase. Something like:
>
><DEFINITION TERM="obscure-techie-term">You wouldn't understand</DEFINITION>

Actually, that doesn't seem to be too bad. The <IMG> tag sets a similar
precedent. Perhaps <FOOTNOTE> and <MARGIN> could be enhanced to add the
SRC attribute and a MARKER attribute to allow the writer to specify a graphic
or textual marker to be placed in the document marking the note.

I suspect that creating a new <DEFINITION> tag when you could simply use a
footnote or margin note might be overkill, however.

Michael Johnson
Relay Technology, Inc.