Re: Proposal: New Anchor attributes

Ron Schnell (ronnie@driver-aces.com)
Wed, 3 Jul 96 10:57:00 PST


From: Ron Schnell <ronnie@driver-aces.com>
Message-Id: <199607031457.HAA24214@driver-aces.com>
Subject: Re: Proposal: New Anchor attributes
To: ceccaldi@igd.fhg.de (Danyel Ceccaldi (M. Kokula))
Date: Wed, 3 Jul 96 10:57:00 PST
Cc: martin@mrrl.lut.ac.uk, www-html@w3.org
In-Reply-To: <9607030855.AA08410@osiris.igd.fhg.de>; from "Danyel Ceccaldi (M. Kokula)" at Jul 3, 96 10:55 am

> Personally I don't need to solve the problem.
> But... I see the benefits and needs to implement a light version
> of enhanced links as an addon for the current HTML.
> 
> If I should solve the problem (hack something), I would
> add ATTRIBUTES to the tags A nchor, IMG, and APPLET.
> Something like X_ALTREF and X_ALTREF_CLASSIFY, for
> defining alternative refs, together with a classification.
> Values for classification could be:
> -if older than 'date'
> -timeout x 'secs'
> ... whatever I would need in the situation.
> 
> I would justify my work with:
> -I need a solution NOW
> -HTML is based on SGML, but first of all it should provide an easy
>  and practical way of implementing good information systems
>  on a hypertext basis. So it should be allowed to add things not
>  philosophical correct to SGML, because they are extremely useful.
> 
> 
> Another point is, if you develop a 'good' solution for enhanced
> anchors not using HTML or HTTP, you have a solution also applicable for
> satellite-communication information systems or direct-ATM-protocol-stacks
> and you can implement it for Hyper-AVI, PDF, Multimedia-authoring systems...
> 
> So I prefer - with my heart, my soul, and my brain - the URC stuff,
> but o my god if you need something now then do it now, but please
> do it in a way defining a solution and EXPLICITLY state something like:
> 
> ------
> THIS IS A RELIABLE WORKING HACK, IT WILL BE OBSOLETED BY A UPCOMING 'URC'
> SOLUTION. PLEASE DO NOT USE IT AS A FINAL STANDARD.
> HELL, DEATH, AND HORROR FOR THOSE, WHO DO NOT RESPECT THIS STATEMENT.
> ------
> 
> 
> Bye
>    Danny

I'm the one who started this thread, about a month ago.  I think I
have a good idea, now, of how to do this (and how to not do this).
If I wanted to take everyone's input and make an official proposal,
what do I do?  Can someone point me in the right direction?

#Ron
ronnie@driver-aces.com