Re: Re: Pocket Internet Explorer and other handheld devices
Rowan Collins <rowan.collins <at> gmail.com>
2004-07-01 09:31:47 GMT
> People use the [http://example.com http://example.com] syntax because
> our parser is not intelligent enough to ignore punctuation marks after
> the URL; most commonly the problem occurs with parentheses.
Yes, and I'm 99% sure there used to be a style-guide suggesting people
use this rather than assuming the software would always autolink
plaintext URLs. It seems to have gone now (or I can't find it), and
perhaps it dated to when the software was in the process of being
rewritten or something.
> Personally, though, I would very much prefer if every link had a
> sensible link text. While I admit the URL is better than "click here", I
> still think it's pretty lame, and you can *always* find something better.
Yes, there are a few instances where it's valid - like, in order to
construct a sentence which tells the user what the address is for
future reference, and turns that address into a link at the same time
in case they want to go there right now; but mostly, it's just links
waiting for a decent description.
It's bug #974082, BTW.
> Actually, that's exactly an instance of elegant degradation. In
> plaintext you get the full information: brief link text plus the URL.
> With CSS on the web page, we can hide the URL since you'll see it when
> hovering over the link anyway.
I see your point, but this is information that neither Wikipedia, nor
any other website I can think of, traditionally shows *at all* [even
Slashdot only puts the domain]. People are usually quite happy to let