Describing links

Heikki Vesalainen (
Thu, 18 Apr 1996 06:53:13 -0700

Message-Id: <>
Date: Thu, 18 Apr 1996 06:53:13 -0700
From: Heikki Vesalainen <>
To: The W3 HTML group <>
Subject: Describing links

I just had this idea:

Many browsers (like netscape and mosaic) show the address of a link (http://....) 
in the bottom bar (or where ever) when you move the mouse pointer on top of them.

Wouldn't it be nice if instead they showd a small description of the link?  So
when you move your pointer over a link, you wouldn't see the http://... thing, but 
a small text like "this is a link to my homepage."

This would be practical e.g with icon links (that are not allways 100% clear).
(And don't start discussing about icon clearness and how you should use them)

It could be like this

<A HREF="" DESC="A link to my homepage">
	<IMG SRC="a_picture_of_me.gif"></A>

The other way to do this would be to show the ALT part of the IMG when ever the 
mouse pointer was moved on top of a one.

Heikki Vesalainen