Re: Proposal: New Anchor attributes

Abigail (
Tue, 28 May 1996 03:38:28 +0200 (MET DST)

From: Abigail <>
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Subject: Re: Proposal: New Anchor attributes
Date: Tue, 28 May 1996 03:38:28 +0200 (MET DST)
In-Reply-To: <> from "Ron Schnell" at May 23, 96 05:57:47 pm

You, Ron Schnell wrote:
++ This is my first posting to the list...hopefully I'm not repeating
++ someone else's idea...
++ I would like to propose two new attributes for the Anchor element.
++ They are:
++ 1.  ALT=[URL]
++ This attribute would specify an alternate URL should the HREF be
++ unavailable.
++ 2.  TIMEOUT=[seconds]
++ This attribute would specify an amount of time, after which a
++ browser should give up on the HREF.

But how can the author know what is an acceptable time out? If I'm
at the end of a noisy and busy link, a 30 second response might be
_fast_, but for the author living on his T3, 15 seconds might be the

++ Neither of these would require the other, but each would be more
++ useful with the other.
++ These two attributes would add some redundancy to web pages
++ (locations) that desire to have it.  In these times of "high
++ availability" being such an "important issue", I think that this
++ would be strongly embraced by government and commercial entities.

I think a more general object naming scheme could solve that.
Currently, one has to give the location of the server, and the
address of the object on the server. A more general naming scheme
could introduce an extra mapping layer. For instance:
HREF = "xxx:CPAN" would point to the nearest mirror of the CPAN
archive. It might even take unreachable servers into account.
Could URNs deal with this?