Re: Proposed anchor target attribute _download

I've registered to
properly introduce @download into the W3C spec. I therefore think we don't
need target=_download. Abram: are you happy with this solution or is there
a reason to prefer the _download @target value?


On Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 10:03 PM, Robin Berjon <> wrote:

> On 04/01/2013 04:14 , Charles McCathie Nevile wrote:
>> An author is expected to know whether I would prefer to download a
>> resource or simply open it normally. This strikes me as unlikely.
> I don't think so. Obviously this could be used stupidly, but that would
> just cause the site to shoot itself in the foot so I doubt it will be used
> overly poorly.
> The default situation is that activating a link follows it, and users have
> an option to download it instead. This just reverses the situation. As an
> author-driven way of specifying a different default behaviour it is exactly
> similar to target=_blank except that _blank is used annoyingly wrongly
> altogether too often whereas I'm pretty sure that that won't be the case
> for @download. In fact @download can be seen as just target=_download with
> the ability to specify the file name.
> --
> Robin Berjon - - @robinberjon

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