Re: Describing links

Abigail (
Thu, 18 Apr 1996 11:09:44 +0200 (MET DST)

From: Abigail <>
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Subject: Re: Describing links
Date: Thu, 18 Apr 1996 11:09:44 +0200 (MET DST)
In-Reply-To: <> from "Heikki Vesalainen" at Apr 18, 96 06:53:13 am

You, 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."

Netscape 2.0 and up has that feature using JavaScript, and I hate it.
I _want_ to know the address where a link leads to; and the description
of the link should be the content of the anchor.

++ 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>

I very much prefer 
<a href = "..."><img src = "...">A link to my homepage</a>.

It makes a lot more sense, and also works for browsers without a
status bar. Oh, and the best thing: you don't need changes in HTML
for it.

++ 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.

Not really as that isn't the task of alt. Alt is to be used to give
an alternative text for the picture, not a description of the link
in case the image is used as an anchor.