Re: Tag proposal

Tom Magliery (
Fri, 8 Mar 1996 12:39:05 -0600

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Date: Fri, 8 Mar 1996 12:39:05 -0600
From: (Tom Magliery)
Subject: Re: Tag proposal

Ka-Ping Yee wrote:
>On Fri, 8 Mar 1996, Zenon Panoussis wrote:
>> New HTML link tag proposal.
>> The trouble with links is that they can take you anywhere, and you never
>> know beforehand where that will be. What hides behind a link can be the
>> final answer to the main question, or a silly connection to somebody's
>> silly home page. You never know beforehand.
>I agree that knowing the role of a given link is important.  However,
>there has been a way to do this in HTML for a very long time -- it's
>just that browser implementors have, for the most part, ignored it.

See below for good news, but first:

><link rev="MADE" href="mailto:the-author">
>in the document's HEAD, thus indicating that "the-author" MADE the
>containing document.  There are several useful suggested values for REL
>and REV in a discussion paper on the topic by Murray Maloney, which you
>can find at

The Internet Draft version of this, by Murray Maloney and Lee Quin, is more

>So, in short, the mechanism to do what you want is certainly there.
>All we have to do is convince a browser manufacturer to implement
>this mechanism.

Ok, we're convinced.  :-)

NCSA Mosaic for Windows supports the LINK tag in the upcoming version 2.2,
now in the hands of alpha-testers.  Each LINK tag results in a button being
added to a special toolbar.  Clicking on the button takes the action
(follows the link) associated with the LINK tag.  The implementation is
done; we're now working on niggling details like whether we should display
text in the buttons or just icons, what the icons should be, and so on.
Feedback from alpha-testers has been positive.

We expect to have a public beta release of 2.2 probably in early April.


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