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Re: Link behavior

From: fantasai <fantasai@escape.com>
Date: Tue, 07 Jan 2003 16:57:49 -0500
Message-ID: <3E1B4D5D.3020005@escape.com>
To: www-style@w3.org

Ian Hickson wrote:
> On Tue, 7 Jan 2003, Herr Christian Wolfgang Hujer wrote:
> 
>>I think a href has a behaviour that effectivly consists of three steps:
>>The behaviour requesting the object from the user agent. (That makes it 
>>possible for a spider or a tabbed browser to thread / tab)
>>The user agent creating and delivering the object.
>>The behaviour invoking the desired method or altering the desired attributes 
>>of that object.
> 
> I would say that's its semantics.

That seems more to me like behavior than semantics.
The semantic of a link is that of a pointer to another resource.
There's no "creating" or "requesting" associated with what it
*is*, only with how it typically behaves.

The HTML spec does, however, go on to define also how it behaves
by default:
  # The default behavior associated with a link is
  # the retrieval of another Web resource.
        -- http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/links.html#h-12.1.1

~fantasai
Received on Tuesday, 7 January 2003 16:58:06 GMT

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