Re: Proposal: New Anchor attributes

Marcus E. Hennecke (marcush@crc.ricoh.com)
Fri, 24 May 1996 13:27:29 -0700


Date: Fri, 24 May 1996 13:27:29 -0700
From: marcush@crc.ricoh.com (Marcus E. Hennecke)
Message-Id: <199605242027.NAA00672@cougar.crc.ricoh.com>
To: www-html@w3.org, ronnie@driver-aces.com
Subject: Re: Proposal: New Anchor attributes

On Thu, 23 May 96 17:57:47 PST, Ron Schnell <ronnie@driver-aces.com> wrote:
> 1.  ALT=[URL]
> This attribute would specify an alternate URL should the HREF be
> unavailable.

It is quite trivial to put in multiple A records for one hostname.
Suppose the following is in the DNS:

foo.bar.com   IN A    127.1.2.3
              IN A    254,40.50.60

Then any telnet or ftp client will first try 127.1.2.3 and when it fails
will try the second, third, etc. address.

I just don't know why no web browser has implemented that as of yet. Are
any of the browser vendors listening? Why is it that web browsers only
try the first address and then give up?

Marcus
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