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Idea for feature: a <NEXTPAGE> tag to indicate natural next page

From: Eran Guendelman <eguendel@uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2000 08:50:39 -0400 (EDT)
Message-ID: <39A7BCEE.17F58C1F@uwaterloo.ca>
To: www-html@w3.org
I'm not a regular subscriber to this list, and I'm not much of an expert
with HTML, but I had an idea for a potentially useful addition to HTML
and I figured this would be a good place to share it with people.  [Let
me know if this has already been brought up, or if it already exists and
I've never come across it].  

The Internet is full of on-line books/articles/FAQs, and the text of
these documents is often distributed across multiple pages.  When I
finish reading one page, there's usually a link at the bottom (called
"Next Page..." or something) that I click to go to the next page.  Now,
I am more of a keyboard person than a mouse person, so I find it
annoying having to reach for my mouse and to click on this link *just*
to get to the next page.  But I am forced to do this because using
Netscape I can't use the keyboard to follow an arbitrary link (and even
if it was possible, it would probably involve going through a list of
all of the links on the page and finding the right one).  It would be
really nice if I could make a keyboard shortcut which will take me to
the next page whenever the current page has a natural successor.  To
make this possible, the browser would need to know the URL of the next
page.  This would require a new tag or tag parameter supported by HTML. 
Something like <A NEXTPAGE HREF="...">...</A> could do the job (provided
that at most one link in the page has the NEXTPAGE parameter).  Many
pages on the Internet have natural "next pages" to them, and I think it
will be useful to reflect this in the HTML code.

Thanks for listening,
Eran Guendelman
Received on Saturday, 26 August 2000 10:58:08 UTC

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