Visual Feedback (was Re: Strange definition of Frame in Cougar

Walter Ian Kaye (walter@natural-innovations.com)
Wed, 30 Apr 1997 02:55:54 -0700


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Date: Wed, 30 Apr 1997 02:55:54 -0700
To: www-html@w3.org
From: Walter Ian Kaye <walter@natural-innovations.com>
Subject: Visual Feedback (was Re: Strange definition of Frame in Cougar

At 6:07p -0700 04/29/97, David Perrell wrote:
 > Arnoud "Galactus" Engelfriet wrote:
 > > Problem: what if the document is loaded in the "_top" frame, eg.

Y'know, it would be a very user-friendly thing if there were a way to
indicate whether a link will open into another frame or a new window.
I think it was very bad form to introduce the existing functionality
without anything in place to indicate to the user what will happen
when they click.

For GUI browsers, perhaps the mouse cursor could become a window graphic
over a link which causes a new window to be opened, and a "[+]" graphic
when the link would open into a different frame (and leave the pointing
finger for target="_top"). Of course it wouldn't help for CGIs that put
the target into headers, but it would cover 98% of links.

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