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HTML-WG  November 1995

HTML-WG November 1995

Subject:

New Tag Suggestion: <HOT>

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Arun M Rao <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 9 Nov 95 17:45:20 EST

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HTML 'HOT' TAG
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1. Description

The suggestion is to introduce a HOT tag to provide the following features:

   a. Context sensitive help and information
   b. launch java scripts or similar executables from any area on the screen
   c. display additional information about the URL

This tag may be used in addition to most present tags to achieve the above
stated goals.


2. Help Format

      <tag HOT type=url { ... } >

   where tag is a HTML[2,3] tag
         type= HELP, EXEC, INFO
         url is an HTTP URL
         additional tags may be provided to aid <type>

3. Examples

   a.  <a href="http://foo.bar.com/" HOT help="foo help!">Help'ed text</a>.
   b.  <img src="foo.gif" HOT help="gif help text">
   c.  <img src="foo.gif" HOT exec="http://foo.bar.com/cgi-bin/do-something">
   c.  <img src="foo.gif" HOT info="http://foo.bar.com/cgi-bin/do-something">

4. Browsers

   The Help tag may be implemented as follows:
      (a) use the status line at the bottom, or provide an additional
          line above/below the status line.
      (b) bubble/callout when the pointer stays over the area for an
          extended period of time.

   Other tags may be implemented appropriately.

5. Security

   For executable scripts, proper consideration must be given to client
   security. Look to the JAVA implementation in Netscape 2.0 for details.

6. Enhancements

   The same concept could be used to:
   a. launch java scripts or similar executables
   b. display additional information about the URL





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Arun M Rao [[log in to unmask]]  http://www.wrld.net/~arao  "The network is the computer"   




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