[whatwg] Menus, fallback, and backwards compatibility: ideas wanted
tekelenb at euronet.nl
Thu Dec 15 14:41:06 PST 2005
At 11:39 +0600 UTC, on 2005/12/15, Alexey Feldgendler wrote:
> Absolute navigation includes links to fixed pages, the same on all pages
> of the site. Usually these are links to top-level sections and subsections
> thereof. Following an absolute link is like skipping to a fixed vertex in
> a graph, or resolving an absolute pathname on a filesystem. The absolute
> navigation is somewhat covered with the <link> mechanism (rel="toc", for
> example), but it's not enough because the fixed nodes referenced by
> absolute navigation is rarely described with specific roles like "TOC";
> more often, these are just top-level sections of the site.
Don't forget that the current HTML spec
 also specifies a "section" value
 says "Authors may wish to define additional link types not described in
this specification. If they do so, they should use a profile to cite the
conventions used to define the link types."
I had never used "section" but just now I've added it to my personal site
(URL in sig below), to try how flexible it is. I get the impression it could
work well for lots of sites.
Where it doesn't provide enough flexibility, the profile attribute
<http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/struct/global.html#adef-profile> might offer a
solution, but I'm not aware of any implementations and as such it is unclear
to me how as an author you would use profile.
And of course
 there is the possibility of defining more LINK types in the spec.
 this doesn't necessarily have to concentrate on lINK, but could
concentrate on the construction <nav><menu><A rel="value"
Sander Tekelenburg, <http://www.euronet.nl/~tekelenb/>
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