[whatwg] Fwd: idea for new tag: breadcrums (fwd)

George Lund george at lund.co.uk
Mon Dec 6 13:59:38 PST 2004

In message <Pine.LNX.4.61.0411260009360.17654 at dhalsim.dreamhost.com>, 
Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> writes
>Someone sent me a mail suggesting:
>| <breadcrumbs>
>| <a href="/">Main</a> >> <a href="/products/">Products</a> >> Dishwashers
>| </breadcrumbs>
>I think a better way of doing this would be:
>   <navigation>
>    <p>
>     <a href="/" rel="top up up up">Main</a> >
>     <a href="/products/" rel="up up">Products</a> >
>     <a href="/products/dishwashers" rel="up">Dishwashers</a> >
>     Second hand
>    </p>
>   </navigation>
>...where we define rel="up" to mean "go up one level" (as now) and add the
>semantic that if the keyword is repeated, then it means up that many
>levels. I've noted this as something the spec will have to talk about.

URLs already have these semantics built-in.  <a href="../"> means 
something special to web browsers without having to invent a new way of 
doing that.  What would these keywords do extra that can't already be 
done if authors organise their URL-spaces sensibly?

The idea of a <navigation> element would be very useful (like giving 
speaking browsers the chance to skip their contents, for example).  But 
I don't see why that <p> mark-up should be added, as what we have there 
isn't a normal paragraph in most human languages.  It's more like some 
kind of specially-ordered list, if anything.

George Lund

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