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From: Mirsad Todorovac <mtodorov@alu.hr>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2002 09:53:32 -0500 (EST)
To: <www-talk@w3.org>
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Hi, all!

Some of you might remember how it was proposed back then in 1994 or 5 or 6
(I don't remember exactly the year but I'm certain about the period) the
following thing:

As we may often watn to point with our URL not to a whole new document, it
would be nice if we could point with our URL inside document, so readers
wouldn't have to skim through the text to find desired paragraph.

For example, I refer to http://{...}/rfc1738.txt, second chapter, third
paragraph - the cute way to do it would be to have browser immediatelly
open desired chapter and paragraph; without forcing user to scroll and
find it.

Back then I proposed syntax for new type of URL with new type of anchor:


... to distinguish it from #Second%20Chapter, which would in turn refer to
a <A NAME="Second Chapter"> in HTML file (but in plaintext, as you have
already spotted - there are no anchors).

(But I do not insist on same syntax, that didn't pass earlier, and was
blocked - I'm promoting the issue of Reader-side anchors, not the syntax)

I discussed this issue today with a fellow engineer and he said that this
is in the spirit of web (he is expirienced web designer), and for pages
larger than few screens this would greatly increase the quality and
effectiveness of time spent browsing.

You must remember many situations when you were refered third chapter in
larger page, but have been diverted your attention in first or second
chapter and started to red that, forgetting what you came for in the first

If so, support this initiative!

Best regards,
Mirsad T.

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