[whatwg] a rel=attachment

Glenn Maynard glenn at zewt.org
Thu Jul 14 15:45:35 PDT 2011

On Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 5:44 PM, Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage at gmail.com>wrote:

>  Optimizing for the user choosing to right-click=>Save seems like a
> much more niche case than linking to a file that should be downloaded.
> Plus, you could address it by just wrapping the <img> in an <a>:
> <a href=uglyurl.jpg download=prettyurl.jpg><img src=uglyurl.jpg></a>

I don't want to turn my images into links--and in some cases the images are
already links to something else, or use click for other site UI.

A similar and probably more common use case is links to files which can be
viewed usefully in the browser, and are also often saved to disk; very
frequently PDFs.  Using <a href=ugly.pdf download=pretty.pdf> would obstruct
users who want to view the link in the browser.

I don't feel very strongly about this, and download=filename is clean and
straightforward, but we should at least consider the use cases of specifying
a filename without implying C-D: attachment.

Glenn Maynard

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