[whatwg] Proposal for a link attribute to replace <a href>
shogun70 at westnet.com.au
Tue Aug 5 18:27:08 PDT 2008
Simon Pieters wrote:
> On Mon, 04 Aug 2008 20:21:01 +0200, Jonas Sicking <jonas at sicking.cc>
>> However if we want to add support for the long list of JS attributes
>> that exist on <a> elements today on each and every HTML element I
>> suspect that is going to get messier. Especially considering the
>> collisions for <base> and <link>. What would myBaseElement.accessKey
>> do? And is myDivElement.protocol really intuitive what it does?
> Also it would quite likely clash with existing content that expects
> that those attributes don't exist on e.g. divs. (Opera has had
> problems with some new DOM attributes in WF2 due to legacy.)
One idea is to enable all elements to cross-reference to hyperlink ("a"
or "link") elements.
This could be achieved with a "link" attribute that contains the ID of
the hyperlink element.
The behavior of elements with @link would be UA defined, but could be:
onclick: follow the hyperlink on the referenced "a" or "link" elemenr
oncontextmenu: offer menu options to a) scrollTo the hyperlink element
or b) follow the hyperlink.
If the link attribute is present but empty then it could be assumed to
- don't need to add properties of hyperlink elements to other elements
- the link attribute can be used as a styling hook
- multiple elements can use the one hyperlink
- won't inherit :visited styles
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