Future of HTML

Zhengrong Song (song@cse.psu.edu)
Fri, 6 Mar 1998 11:11:02 -0500 (EST)


Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 11:11:02 -0500 (EST)
From: Zhengrong Song <song@cse.psu.edu>
Message-Id: <199803061611.LAA01449@camaro.cse.psu.edu>
To: www-html@w3.org
Cc: song@cse.psu.edu (Zhengrong Song)
Subject: Future of HTML

					Future of HTML

          <file location>http://www.cse.psu.edu/~song/paper/future.html

                    Proposer contact:    song@cse.psu.edu    Tel:  814-867-6295
                               Name:    Zhengrong Song



Improvement suggestion

1.<MIRROR> tag

The addition of META tags such as for robots and keywords initiated improvement of HTML from document 
management perspective, but there are lot to be done in this area.

I would like to propose a new mark up tag as extension to HTML 4.0:

Tag Name:
<MIRROR></MIRROR>

Suggest Syntax:
<MIRROR href="www2.cse.psu.edu">PSU CSE alternative</MORROR>

Advantage:
Mirror sites can be extremely valueble for search engine to return to users as alternatives to orginal sites.
<MIRROR> tag dedicated to hyperlinks that specfically for the sites that mirror the original site, this will enable 
seach engine effectively detect and define the set of mirrors and therefore can provide user multiple access 
alternatives in the search result listing, thus user will be empowered  to get the information fast and ideally as
'local' as possible and being able to access alternatives when some server are unavailable.


compare to the HTML 4.0 spec of LINKs tags, we can adapt it in the following format to achieve the above 
<MIRROR> tag functionality:
<LINK    rel="MIRROR"   origin="http://www.cse.psu.edu"     href="http://www2.cse.psu.edu">PSU-CSE alternative 
site in Europe</A>

'origin' can field can have the default value of current page when not supplied.


2.    site building:    'submit.html' page

similar to the convention of index.html(home.html/default.html) , 'submit.html' would be the webmaster's choice to 
imform the robot to index those files listed in submit.html first when it visit the site. 

Submit.html which could include the most important and representatinve files on the site might provide a better 
guidance for robots to follow and traverse those first and should have higher weights in the ranking process. For 
instance, for the PSU-CSE departmental server, we might want to list the few pages that contains our degree 
program, course listing and faculty research list within the submit.html. 


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Thanks for your consideration




song