Date: Mon, 14 Dec 92 11:32:40 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Marc Andreessen) Message-Id: <9212141932.AA28776@wintermute.ncsa.uiuc.edu> To: email@example.com Subject: two ideas.... At some point we're going to want to implement two somewhat specialized types of nodes: (1) To support the effect of having one-to-many links, we'll want to have a special kind of document that consists entirely of a list of anchors (pointing to the many links) that will be referenced by the initial anchor. This document should pop up as a small transient dialog box to provide the effect of the one-to-many menu. (2) To support the type of glossary used with, e.g., the Microsoft Windows help system (wherein clicking on a glossary reference gives one a transient dialog box containing only the glossary entry one is accessing), it should be possible to have a small amount of text displayed in a dialog box auxiliary to the current document instead of as a full document. The commonality here is that some documents should only appear in dialog boxes (when the browser supports it) as opposed to appearing and being dealt with as full-fledged regular documents. The advantages in implementing this kind of thing are (1) WWW becomes a little more like some other current systems (notably Intermedia, with the effectively one-to-many links), boosting its ability to take over the functions that other systems have provided up until now, and (2) navigational disorientation is lessened when minor references (e.g., to glossary entries or menus of anchors) are instantiated onscreen as minor GUI elements. So how about allowing a tag (say, <transient>) to be included in the header of an HTML document to specify this property? Marc ps Specifically for the glossary system, I'm thinking of having a regular glossary document with all the entries in a list and then having a special server shell script strip (say that three times fast) out a given entry when it's needed, adding the <transient> flag while constructing a document for the entry on the fly.