Message-Id: <31D0C9D2.63DF@wipsys.soft.net> Date: Wed, 26 Jun 1996 10:55:38 +0530 From: Ankur Bhatnagar <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Subject: Efficient linking between sections of different documents Here I am suggesting a mechanism for more efficient linking between sections in different documents. Many times the anchors refer to a 'NAME' in another document and on being clicked, the entire (referred) document is fetched with the 'NAME' positioned at the top of the screen. I think fetching _entire_ document is undesirale for two reasons: 1. It wastes bandwidth. Sometimes the relevent reference is only of one or two lines while the file consists of 500 or more lines. It wastes time also esp. if the reference is somewhere towards the end of the documents. 2. It distracts the attention of the reader towards other unrelated topics. This mechanism will require server to do some processing but I think ultimately it will result in net savings to the Net community. There is no need to add any additional tag. Only a new convention needs to be defined. I suggest that the referred content be enclosed as follows: [Start of the document] ... <a name="xyz">Heading</a>...Content...<a name="/xyz"></a> ... [End of the document] The server will search for "xyz" and then "/xyz". It will return the content starting from "xyz" till "/xyz". If there is no "/xyz" (current practice), it will return the whole document starting from "xyz". In case somebody has already given names starting with "/" in his/her docs then server will still fetch the content starting with that name (and ending if it finds "//name"). Please send your comments pointing out what are other issues related with this, what are the obstacles and what are other advantages or if it has already been implemented somewhere. Ankur.