Re: Describing links

S.N.Brodie@ecs.soton.ac.uk
Thu, 18 Apr 1996 09:53:50 +0100 (BST)


From: S.N.Brodie@ecs.soton.ac.uk
Message-Id: <24439.9604180853@strachey.ecs.soton.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: Describing links
To: www-html@w3.org
Date: Thu, 18 Apr 1996 09:53:50 +0100 (BST)
In-Reply-To: <31764949.633C@clinet.fi> from "Heikki Vesalainen" at Apr 18, 96 06:53:13 am

Heikki Vesalainen wrote:
> 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."

The main argument against this is that you want to see the destination of
the link before following it.  That's not to say you couldn't have both
displayed, but without both, it could be used by malicious page writers to
hide the true destination of a link to things which you wouldn't normally
choose to look out.

-- 
Stewart Brodie, Electronics & Computer Science, Southampton University.
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