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Re: 1.5: Discuss link characteristics?

From: Murray Altheim <murray@spyglass.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 1997 11:36:37 -0400
Message-Id: <v02140b00af24e3562c8d@[]>
To: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
Lee Quin <lee@sq.com> writes:
>Martin Bryan <mtbryan@sgml.u-net.com> wrote:
>> Behaviour is not up to the user, it is up to the author. It is the
>> author/server that has to control what happens when the link is selected by
>> the user. Except in rare cases the user should not be able to change the
>> action that selecting a link causes.This is why you must separate
>> presentation from behaviour.
>Note that in Netscape, clicking on a link with the middle mouse button
>opens the target of the link in a new window; shift-clicking saves the
>target to disk.  These are behaviours chosen by the reader.

There may be cases where the user wants to know where the link goes, but
doesn't want to actually traverse the link, such as how Web browsers
display the desitination URL.

But in no case does clicking on a link take the user to a _different_
location than that intended by the author, and I believe this is the crux
of the issue. There are two behaviours here: link destination and browser
action. In no case should the browser alter the former.


    Murray Altheim, Program Manager
    Spyglass, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts
    email: <mailto:murray@spyglass.com>
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