Re: <a footnote="proposal">

Hans-Peter Stricker <> wrote:
>I wish to propose a new attribute for the <a>-tag, which will allow to
>display some kind of footnotes. This is how it should work:
>The source-code  
><a footnote="some text">the footnoted text</a>  

	This might be even better.  You can use a number of freeware
browsers to try it.  If you like it, encourage the W3C ERB to copy
it from the HTML 3.0 DTD, with the i18n stuff I've added, into the

<!--======================== Footnotes ====================================-->

Typically rendered as popup note. These elements are referenced
by hypertext links specified with the anchor element.
<!ELEMENT FN - - %body.content;>
<!ATTLIST FN %attrs;     -- id, class, style, lang, dir -->

   Permitted Context: %body.content, %flow, %block
   Content Model: %body.content
   The FN element is designed for footnotes, and when practical, rendered
   as pop-up notes.
   <DT>Hamlet: <DD>You should not have believed me, for virtue cannot so
   <a href="#fn1">inoculate</a> our old stock but we shall <a
   href="#fn2">relish of it</a>. I loved you not.
   <DT>Ophelia: <DD> I was the more deceived.
   <DT>Hamlet: <DD>Get thee to a nunnery. Why wouldst thou be a breeder
   of sinners? I am myself <a href="#fn2">indifferent honest</a> ...
   <fn id=fn1><i>inoculate</i> - graft</fn>
   <fn id=fn2><i>relish of it</i> - smack of it (our old sinful
   <fn id=fn3><i>indifferent honest</i> - moderately virtuous</fn>
   Note: If %html.recommended is active, the HTML 3.0 DTD expects you to
   enclose plain text in a block element such as <P> e.g.
   <FN ID=fn23><P>A simple footnote</FN>
  Permitted Attributes
          An SGML identifier used as the target for hypertext links or
          for naming particular elements in associated style sheets.
          Identifiers are NAME tokens and must be unique within the scope
          of the current document.
          This is one of the ISO standard language abbreviations, e.g.
          "" for the variation of English spoken in the United
          Kingdom. It can be used by parsers to select language specific
          choices for quotation marks, ligatures and hypenation rules
          etc. The language attribute is composed from the two letter
          language code from ISO 639, optionally followed by a period and
          a two letter country code from ISO 3166.
          This a space separated list of SGML NAME tokens and is used to
          subclass tag names. By convention, the class names are
          interpreted hierarchically, with the most general class on the
          left and the most specific on the right, where classes are
          separated by a period. The CLASS attribute is most commonly
          used to attach a different style to some element, but it is
          recommended that where practical class names should be picked
          on the basis of the element's semantics, as this will permit
          other uses, such as restricting search through documents by
          matching on element class names. The conventions for choosing
          class names are outside the scope of this specification.

   	  For fine tuning the style to achieve maximum sex appeal.
   	  For internationalization.


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Received on Friday, 11 October 1996 21:08:20 UTC