Re: Associating Hidden Infomation with an Anchor

William C. Cheng (
Mon, 06 Nov 1995 09:28:07 -0500

> I'd like to associate some arbitrary hidden information with an anchor
> end-point (for automatic generation of pointer indexes, for example).
> Two techinques come to mind:
> 1) <a name=job1234 my_values=ohio:drive-in:cook>
> or
> 2) <a name=job1234> <meta content=ohio:drive-in:cook>
> (1) uses an undefined attribute on the grounds that browsers ignore such.
> (2) uses a HEAD element in the BODY on the same grounds.
> Neither are kosher. What is the "right stuff"?

(BTW, I don't think that HTML-2.0 allows a <A> without a </A>.)

Here's another possibility (not sure if it is good either):

<a name=job1234 rel="has_keywords", title="ohio,drive-in,cook">Job1234</A>

The assumption is that the NAME attribute does not co-exist with the
HREF attribute. Otherwise, the TITLE attribute will be ambiguous.
It's possible to assign an ``indirect link'' a name and thus kill this

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