Re: Suggestion: ALTHREF attribute

James Green (jmkgre@essex.ac.uk)
Sat, 17 Jan 1998 22:27:24 +0000 (GMT)


From: James Green <jmkgre@essex.ac.uk>
To: www-html@w3.org
In-Reply-To: <3.0.5.32.19980116183206.00964420@undergrad.math.uwaterloo.ca>
Message-Id: <SIMEON.9801172224.E@s1671.essex.ac.uk>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 1998 22:27:24 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Re: Suggestion: ALTHREF attribute


On Fri, 16 Jan 1998 18:32:06 -0500 Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com> wrote:

[ snip ]

> I don't see how it's better.  In fact, since my example used valid HTML 
> 4.0 and since it's already implemented by some browsers, I'd say that the 
> LINK method is better.  For multiple mirrors, you can just use multiple 
> LINK elements.  You can also use the TITLE attribute to describe the 
> mirror, e.g., "Russian Mirror".

I've just looked at this in the specs, and the LINK method is, IMHO, 
indeed the way forward. However, the attributes need a little polishing.

How about:

<LINK REL="MIRROR" HREF="http://www.myplace.com">
<LINK REL="MIRROR" HREF="http://www.myplace.co.uk">
<LINK REL="MIRROR" HREF="http://www.myplace.com.au">
<LINK ... >

We use the existing REL attribute, but in a different way. It 
shouldn't affect current browsing technology as they won't understand 
it, and HREF remains.

I don't expect any probs from Liam, 'cause he first suggested it. Now 
gets my vote.


Now all we have to do is sort out what to do when the server's down :-(


Regards,

James Green

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