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Re: (Visual) anchor navigation aids

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2007 16:37:43 +0000
Message-ID: <45FAC7D7.3050803@splintered.co.uk>
To: www-style@w3.org

Daniel Beardsmore wrote:

> It would be useful if you could determine whether the destination anchor 
> is earlier or later in the document. At least then the reader would have 
> some idea where the link would go. As I understand it, CSS3 selectors 
> don't allow this yet. You can select an element B that follows some 
> earlier element A in the document, but not assert that B's href ties up 
> with A's name.

"Earlier" and "later" are very relative terms, as the source order is 
not enough to give any indication of the actual visual placement of the 
target. It may be "earlier" in source, but styled to appear at the 
bottom-right of the page.

Personally, I'd tend to think that this is more a matter for user agents 
to address (if at all), but I'm known to be hardline that way :)

Patrick H. Lauke
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