Footnotes/Definitions

Shawn Steele (shawn@aob.org)
Wed, 26 Jun 1996 18:47:14 -0600


From: Shawn Steele <shawn@aob.org>
Message-Id: <9606261847.ZM28509@aob.org>
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 1996 18:47:14 -0600
In-Reply-To: www-html-d-request@w3.org
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Footnotes/Definitions

> Hermanus@iafrica.com suggested:
> >    He eats a <A EXPLAIN="A exaprotaplutic hydafolliciplic
castiento">quig</A>.
> > 
> > When the reader clicks on "quig" the browser pops up a yellow box
giving the
> > explanation.

I had wondered about a similar problem.  What if you have a group of
definitions, but don't want to end up with html that looks like:

A <A TAG="#brown">brown</a> <A TAG="#cow">cow</a> ate a <A
TAG="#brown">brown</a> <A TAG="#fox">fox</a>....

I'm thinking of an educational situation where the student may not know
many of the words on a page and those words may be used several times
on a page.  In such cases it would be useful to have some syntax such
as:

<GLOSSARY="wordlist" HREF="glossary.html">

as part of the <head> or elsewhere (I haven't given the details a great
deal of thought.)

This would be extraordinarily useful to me because I am developing an
educational site where lots of words may not be known.  If I could
reference a single glossary from several pages it could solve a lot of
student frustration.  One glossary containing a hundred words or so
could be referenced from a hundred pages without manually indexing
them.

Also just because a word appeared in a word list wouldn't necessarily
meen that it needed to be underlined and displayed in a seperate color,
it could just be click onable.  Also it need not be a true link, but
could just be a FN box.  (Of course it would help if you could get to
another page with greater detail if you were really curious about the
subject.)

- shawn 
Webmaster
Association of Brewers