[whatwg] Dealing With <DFN> In Interactive Elements

Eugene T.S. Wong lists.eugenetswong at gmail.com
Fri Jan 13 14:31:10 PST 2006

Should there be a way to deal with interactive text which could be  
interactive in more than 1 way?

In the following example, the user should be able to go to the picture of  
the DHD, or the definition of the DHD.

<p>The <dfn><abbr title="Dial Home Device">DHD</abbr></dfn>
is a device that allows off-world teams to open the iris.</p>
<!-- ... later in the document: -->
<p>Teal'c activated <a href="PicOfDHD">his <abbr title="Dial Home  
and so Hammond ordered the iris to be opened.</p>

Perhaps right clicking on the text should give the user an indication that  
there is a definition available, or perhaps the UA should be automatically  
place an image/icon to indicate that there is a definition available. In  
the above example, typical user agents would display "his DHD" with an  
underline by default, and then maybe place an image after "DHD". This  
image would be clickable. Perhaps the UA could place an overline over  
"DHD" as well. If there are no conflicts, then the UA wouldn't need to  
display the icon/image & overline.

Comments? Questions?

Sincerely, and with thanks,
Eugene T.S. Wong

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