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Re: Ok, here's my suggestion...

From: Matthew Slocombe <slocomatt@ozemail.com.au>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2000 14:08:11 +1100
Message-ID: <000701bf78f4$3ec34080$6b9a6ccb@slocom>
To: <www-html@w3.org>
My  $0.02 :

I agree that such a tag would be useful, and that maybe the ALINK tag could
be renamed. However I actually like the way the tags change colour when your
mouse moves over them with the ALINK tag, so think it is useful too. Maybe
it should be called 'ONLINK'.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Maury Markowitz" <maury@sympatico.ca>
To: <www-html@w3.org>
Sent: Thursday, February 17, 2000 12:53 PM
Subject: Ok, here's my suggestion...

>   Thanks for all the encouragement to date.  This one is pretty trivial,
> I still think it's one worth dealing with.
>   I recently re-did my site and include a "index" down the left side (as
> many do - but I did avoid frames!). I noticed that one of the tags I
> inserted did not seem to be working, ALINK. My custom colors for LINK and
> VLINK were definitely working fine, but the page you were on at the time
> definitely not coming up in ALINK color.
>   Now of course all the long-timers here will recognize this newbie
> (and chuckle in some cases).  But the issue is why does ALINK do something
> utterly unlike what it's name implies, and why is HTML missing this
> obvious and useful feature?  Here's the way I look at it...
> LINK = links you haven't visited
> VLINK = links you have Visited
> ALINK = "active link" = the link you are currently on
>   Instead ALINK does something totally unexpected. ALINK actually means
> color of the link when the mouse button is held down on top of it".  I'm
> even sure this is of much use, nor can I fathom how they came up with the
> name, or for that matter why they included it as a tag at all.
>   So essentially my suggestion is for a tag that does what I think a _lot_
> of people would want, one that changes the color of the link of the page
> are on to a set color.  For argument, let's call this TLINK for "this
>   As it is I, and all the other designers out there with similar pages,
> to edit every page and change the color/style/image of the link to the
> current page by hand.  This is a time consuming and error prone business
> that could easily be automated.
>   In keeping with replies to my former message:
> a) this adds lots of value for a subset of users/designers for almost zero
> cost
> b) it degrades pefectly well - it's ignored
> c) this isn't about physical layout
> d) it should work fine under the XHTML as well
>   Thanks for listening!
> Maury
Received on Wednesday, 16 February 2000 22:20:21 UTC

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