Message-Id: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Fri, 17 May 1996 16:09:30 -0800 From: Charles Peyton Taylor <CTaylor@wposmtp.nps.navy.mil> To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: ID, was (More on list attributes, <HR> -Reply) What I said: >CLASS I can see as being useful, and at least somewhat >backward compatible. ID, on the other hand, was used >in HTML 3 for creating an anchor, a lot like <a Name=""> >I don't think ID should be in Cougar until browsers >support it. What Warren said: >>> >Warren Steel <email@example.com> 05/17/96 01:40pm >>> <snip!> > If Charles says ID= is little used, and of little use, then >let it die, or at least rest in hope of later resurrection. <snip!> >Warren Steel firstname.lastname@example.org >Department of Music University of Mississippi > URL: http://www.mcsr.olemiss.edu/~mudws/ I can see how you thought I meant that ID was not useful, because I said "class is useful and backward compatible" and then I said "ID, on the other hand .." but that is not what I meant. What I meant: ID would be very useful if it were implimented in all browsers the way it is in UDI-WWW or (I think) Arena. It is, however, not very backwards-compatible. Like, not at all. Furthermore, and I think Dan Connelly said something to this effect, if it were in the spec, the real spec, people would think they could do things like <h1 id="beginning"></h1> and then later <a href="beginning"></a> BTW: something I think would make ID very useful would be some kind of program that built a table of contents out in a document based on headings, adding links to those headings that had ID attributes. for example, take this html markup: <h1 id=beginning> Spam: What it's Done for the Economy </h1> <p> text <h2 id="US"> Spam in the US Market </h2> <p> text <h2> Spam in Continental Europe </h2> <p> text <h3 id="Scand"> Spam in Scandinavia </h3> <p> text <h4> Norwegian Blue</h4> <h3> Spam in Spain </h3> <h2 ID="ack" > Acknowledgements </h2> <P> blame Monty Python and make this list: <UL plain> <LH><a href="beginning"> Spam: What it's Done for the Economy </a> <li> <a href="US"> Spam in the US Market </a> <LI> Spam in Continental Europe <UL> <li> <a href="Scand"> Spam in Scandinavia </a> <UL> <h4> Norwegian Blue</h4> </UL> <LI> Spam in Spain <LI> <a href="ack" > Acknowledgements </a> Notice that those headers with ID attributes are linked, those without are not.