Re: Proposal: New Anchor attributes

Ron Schnell (ronnie@driver-aces.com)
Fri, 24 May 96 10:33:43 PST


From: Ron Schnell <ronnie@driver-aces.com>
Message-Id: <199605241433.HAA24561@driver-aces.com>
Subject: Re: Proposal: New Anchor attributes
To: preece@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com (Scott E. Preece)
Date: Fri, 24 May 96 10:33:43 PST
Cc: craigt@ether.phx.mcd.mot.com, ronnie@driver-aces.com, www-html@w3.org
In-Reply-To: <199605241344.IAA10639@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com>; from "Scott E. Preece" at May 24, 96 8:44 am

> 
>  From: Craig Tinsley <craigt@ether.phx.mcd.mot.com>
> | 
> | Ron Schnell wrote:
> | > I would like to propose two new attributes for the Anchor element.
> | > 1.  ALT=[URL]
> | > This attribute would specify an alternate URL should the HREF be
> | > unavailable.
> | 
> | Though I believe the idea as a whole is a good one, I don't know whether I
> | would confuse HTML authors by offering another definition for ALT. It may be
> | less confusing to use something such as HREFALT (you notice that I state that
> | as though a typing *longer* tag name is more desireable than typing a shorter
> | one... ;-) ).
> ---
> 
> There's no reason to assume that one alternate will be sufficient; you
> really should allow for a list of HREFs.  Since attribute syntax would
> make it difficult to convey a list of URLs in the value of the HREF
> attribute, it might be easiest to put the HREF into a sub-element of
> A (or any other element where alternatives should be provided:
> 
> 	<A>
> 		<HREF TIMEOUT=10>http://www.abc.com</HREF>
> 		<HREF>http://www.xyz.com</HREF>
> 		The best source at this moment
> 	</A>
> 
> With an application convention saying that multiple HREFs are tried in
> order.

Yes, I thought about this being slightly more useful, but I hesitated
to post it because I was under the impression (perhaps incorrectly)
that attributes can be processed without regard to their order
within the element.  If that is not necessarily the case, then I
agree that this is the way it should be done.

#Ron


> 
> scott