[whatwg] Idea: Links w/o end anchors (is possible)

Nils Dagsson Moskopp nils-dagsson-moskopp at dieweltistgarnichtso.net
Wed Jul 22 03:08:56 PDT 2009

Am Mittwoch, den 22.07.2009, 10:38 +0000 schrieb ppj:
> The Goal: Links w/o anchors.                                                                                           
> The Strategy: Two stage process. 
> 1) get an extra 'search' attribute on to the <a> tag in HTML so that we
> have:                                                           
> e.g. <a href='...' search='...'>link text</a>
> 2) If there's take-up, then later on push for adding a date-time of             creation attribute to <a>. This will add link history to the internet.                                                                                          
> The way (1) works is someone sticks the basic href to a page in the href
> attribute, and then sticks the text they want to link to in the search
> attr. The browser fetches the page, and as a secondary action (at user
> option) searches for the  
> text. The simple option is that it just searches for the plain string,
> maybe later it can do all the fancy approximate match stuff that I put
> in the XPunt prototype in '06/07.
> Since we know those search strings don't have to be very long to find
> the unique location, it shouldn't burden the document text very much.                                                                       

An additional element seems very hackish; this likely is something
better brought up in the context of an URI working group. I would also
recommend talking to implementors directly.

Nils Dagsson Moskopp

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