[thelist] Idea for an attribute to the <a> tag

Oliver Lineham oliver at lineham.co.nz
Fri Jan 12 18:58:31 CST 2001

At 16:24 12/01/2001 -0500, you wrote:

>of xhtml, do you think it owuld be nice to have an attribute for the <a>
>tag, STATUS, which would change what the status bar said when it was moused
>over? It makes a site look better sometimes, and it's a heck of a lot easier
>than typing all the javascript out.

the W3C are getting away from features which control specific parts of a 
browser. you need to consider that many browser may not even *have* a 
status bar.

a better idea is to have a generic description, and then the browser can 
decide the best way to express to the human user the two most important 
bits (the URL and the description).

..and we already have that.  the "title" attribute can be applied to <A> 
tags (among other things).  it's up to the browser to decide how to handle 
it though, and these days most display it as a tooltip-like box.


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