[uf-discuss] a[name] as machine data?

Toby Inkster mail at tobyinkster.co.uk
Sun May 13 02:10:20 PDT 2007

Better than a[name] would be a[href], assuming a relevent URI scheme exists:

<a href="geo:51.36,-0.05">London, <abbr title="United Kingom">UK</abbr></a>

(See: http://geouri.org/)

Disadvantages would be:

1. Involves using a poorly supported URI scheme. People using browsers
that don't support the scheme would get a link that doesn't do anything,
or brings up a cryptic message. (This could be worked around with a
combination of CSS and Javascript, but that seems a bit hackish to me.)

2. This requires there to always *be* such a URI scheme. There isn't a URI
scheme for timestamps for instance. URI schemes cannot be quickly and
easily registered.


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