Re: Suggestion: ALTHREF attribute

Jukka Korpela (
Fri, 16 Jan 1998 14:53:10 +0200 (EET)

Date: Fri, 16 Jan 1998 14:53:10 +0200 (EET)
From: Jukka Korpela <>
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Subject: Re: Suggestion: ALTHREF attribute

On Fri, 16 Jan 1998, John Wright wrote:

> On Thu, Jan 15, 1998 at 07:35:05PM -0500, Liam Quinn wrote:
> > At 01:43 PM 15/01/98 +0000, James Green wrote:
> > ><MIRROR HREF="">
> > What about
> > <LINK REL="Alternate" HREF="" TYPE="text/html">

Actually, these address other problems than the one I presented and
for which I suggested ALTHREF. First, the LINK REL="Alternate" construct
is fine but it defines a relationship between the document where it occurs
and another document (and I suppose the intended meaning was that the
other would be real alternative, such as translation or abridged
version, as regards to content or form, not just another address where
another _copy_ of the document resides). Second, I'm not sure what
a MIRROR element (or LINK REL="Mirror") would achieve in practice.

I was specifically thinking of links created using the A element and
simply providing alternative addresses (of copies of essentially the
same document). The same idea might be applied to a LINK element, too,
whether its REL="Alternate" link or something else.

> Also,
> <A HREF="" ALSO="">Place</A>
> would work just as well.
> > ?  No extension to HTML needed.
> This too.

Actually it looks just like my proposal except for the name of the new
attribute. (ALSO is certainly more legible than ALTHREF. I just thought
we might need to stick to the classical obscure naming style of HREF, :-)

But naturally it _would_ be an extension to HTML, although not a very
radical one, just adding an optional attribute.