[whatwg] a and button

Kristof Zelechovski giecrilj at stegny.2a.pl
Tue Oct 21 11:28:57 PDT 2008

You can use FORM[target] to load the URL in a new window.  Bookmarks and
download links should work all right as well, except that the use case
quoted by the original post did not contain downloading, dragging and
history coloring; these features are irrelevant to the problem discussed.
Besides, I think that the problem is artificial and resembles an online
confession web site: you do not need to cancel anything on the Web.  If the
action is not committed, you can just start anew (following an ordinary
hyperlink), or just do nothing at all.  If it is committed, you need a true
form to undo it anyway.

-----Original Message-----
From: whatwg-bounces at lists.whatwg.org
[mailto:whatwg-bounces at lists.whatwg.org] On Behalf Of timeless
Sent: Sunday, October 19, 2008 7:19 PM
To: Kornel Lesinski; Hakon Wium Lie; whatwg
Subject: Re: [whatwg] a and button

This of course doesn't support open link in new window/tab, download
link, bookmark link, drag copy anchor, and history coloring.

not sure if i've missed anything.

a number of these things are actually browser bugs imo, but solving
them is non trivial (if not nearly np-hard)

On 10/19/08, Kornel Lesinski <kornel at geekhood.net> wrote:
> On Sun, 19 Oct 2008 16:09:11 +0100, Håkon Wium Lie <howcome at opera.com>
> wrote:
>>  > <button style="text-decoration: underline; color:blue">W3C</button>
>> It's not a link. I'd like for buttons to work as links so that they
>> take me to a page when I click on them.
> http://www.w3.org/TR/css3-ui/#appearance
> a {appearance: button} should do that.
> In current browsers:
> <form method="get" action="url" style="display:inline"><button/><form>
> is very close to a link.
> --
> regards, Kornel Lesinski

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