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Re: Problem with 'target-new' property and alternative suggestion

From: Benjamin D. Smedberg <bsmedberg@covad.net>
Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2004 12:59:23 -0400
Message-ID: <4145D1EB.2090701@covad.net>
To: Anne van Kesteren <fora@annevankesteren.nl>
CC: Bill Talcott <invisibill@invisibill.net>, www-style@w3.org

Anne van Kesteren wrote:
>> So, my alternative. I saw the technique elsewhere, and have started 
>> doing it on my pages. I use rel="external" in external hyperlinks. 
>> This supplies information about the link, stating that it's external.
> That information is already available from the link itself and therefore 
> does not have to be presented (again) in an additional attribute.

A browser cannot know whether gmail.google.com and google.com are 
"external" to each other, and they are on the same domain. It's not 
uncommon to have https:// and http:// sites "internal" to eachother 
also, but most browser would consider them separate "websites".  I 
personally like the rel="external" idea. I even imagine further useful 
relationships, such as "help" and "sidebar" which could significantly 
reduce dependence on script to open undecorated windows. And these "rel" 
values are not incompatible with a CSS target-new property... CSS 
selectors could even be part of the UA stylesheet to implement these 
"rel" values.

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