[whatwg] Feeedback on <dfn>, <abbr>, and other elements related to cross-references

Křištof Želechovski giecrilj at stegny.2a.pl
Mon Apr 28 12:21:17 PDT 2008

I am sorry to hear that cross-references are gone.  The replacement you
suggest does not catch the difference between navigational and informational
hyperlinks.  The difference is essential e.g. for GNU info: navigational
links are "near jumps" to child nodes; informational links can transport the
reader anywhere, with the way back undefined except for the browsing history
stack.  OTOH any hyperlink can lead into the blue (that is where the prefix
"hyper" comes from).

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Subject: [whatwg] Feeedback on <dfn>, <abbr>,and other elements related to

HTML5 had a complex mechanism for cross-references using <dfn>, <abbr>, 
<i>, and so forth. I've removed it. It really didn't add much compared to 
<a href=""> other than a whole lot of complexity, and there was very 
little demand for it really. 

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