[whatwg] Anchor target-attribute extension to enable dom targeting

Kornel Lesinski kornel at osiolki.net
Sun Apr 8 12:27:11 PDT 2007

On Sun, 08 Apr 2007 19:17:55 +0100, Georges MARZIN  
<gmarzin at club-internet.fr> wrote:

>      <a href="inc/foo.frg" target="#main_area">
>          Click here to dynamicaly load a text/html piece of code into
> the "main_area" identified dom node
>      </a>
>      <!-- somewhere in the same document -->
>      <div id="main_area"></div>
> The content of inc/foo.frg in not a complete html page but only a well
> formed xhtml piece of code like :
>     <div>
>        this content is dynamically loaded into a dom node, like ajax,
>        but with a html extended syntax of the target property.
>     </div>

IMHO it isn't much better than:

<a href="inc/foo.frg" target="main_area">
<iframe name="main_area"></iframe>

It's still as evil as frames - subpages can't be used as standalone  
documents (thus bookmarked, returned by search engines, etc), because they  
lack proper navigation menus and in your example they're not even proper  

I think that much better and more powerful solution are ID overlays. The  
idea is to merge documents instead of completly including one into  
another. XUL has something like that:

regards, Kornel Lesiński

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