[whatwg] Suggestion for Menus in Web Forms 2.0

csant csant at csant.info
Sun Aug 8 22:45:05 PDT 2004

On Sun, 08 Aug 2004 17:36:17 -0400, Matthew Raymond  
<mattraymond at earthlink.net> wrote:

>>> so suddenly turning <link> into a menu system could cause serious   
>>> problems.
>>  Like it becoming useful, perhaps. :-)
>     How about the fact that existing <link> elements are not necessarily  
> ordered in a way that the webmaster might want them in a menu because  
> many browsers group specific kinds of <link> elements in a predetermined  
> fashion? What if the webmaster defines them in the order of { Last,  
> Bottom, Next, First, Previous, Top }? I wouldn't want it to show up in a  
> menu like that. But in current browsers, there's absolutely no reason  
> not to put items in random order.

This is true only for graphical browsers - keeping text browsers (and,  
possibly, speech browsers) in mind gives a different scenario: you might  
want to order them by frequency of use (you need to move your cursor step  
by step to the next <link> item, thus one keyclick for each step), and the  
order might well be 'next previous bottom first last top' - but in any  
case, having 'next' at the beginning is very user-friendly.


And she, remembering other things, to me trifles but torturing to her,  
showed me how life withers when there are things we cannot share.
~~~ Virginia Woolf

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