Feedback on Anchors (Was: A thought....)

Chris Josephes (cpj1@winternet.com)
Wed, 13 Mar 1996 22:11:40 -0600 (CST)


Date: Wed, 13 Mar 1996 22:11:40 -0600 (CST)
From: Chris Josephes <cpj1@winternet.com>
To: bentz@martigny.ai.mit.edu, www-html@w3.org
Subject: Feedback on Anchors (Was: A thought....)
In-Reply-To: <199603132327.SAA04053@www19.w3.org>
Message-Id: <Pine.SOL.3.91.960313221029.23074A-100000@tundra>

>Date: Wed, 13 Mar 1996 17:41:40 +0000
>From: "Bryan A. Bentz" <bentz@martigny.ai.mit.edu>
>To: www-html@w3.org
>Subject: A thought

>It occurred to me that when a user clicks on an <A HREF="blah"..> it 
>might be nice to offer some kind of immediate feedback, from the page 
>on which the <A HREF...> occurs.

I think the feedback would be a good idea, but.....

>Perhaps this functionality could be achieved, not by nesting, but by 
>allowing other attributes:
>   <A HREF="blah" CLICK_AUDIO="go_get_it.au" DESCR_AUDIO="desc.au">

Something like this might be better achieved through a stylesheet 
mechanism.  

A:click {audio: go_get_it.au}
A:desc {audio: desc.au}

Implementing new tags isn't always the solution, and it tends to 
immediately label browsers that don't implement certain tags/attributes 
(or never even had a chance to make such implementations) as uncool.

Plus, in the end, this would help ensure that the reader has more control 
over changes such as this.  I have a feeling that if something like this 
was offered soon, it'd be easily abused or misused by authors.

Actually, what if there was an even simpler mechanism, such as

<LINK REL=audioscheme TITLE="WackyNoise" HREF="....">

Where the referenced file would be a multi-part MIME doc with .au or .wav 
files, each one assigned to a certain action.  I'm guessig that it'd be 
limited to actions such as clicking a link, or submitting a form, but 
then again what else do we really need?  Most browsers out there already 
give good visual feedback in the status bar.

>Bryan Bentz


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