Re: An Anchor attribute question:

Daniel W. Connolly (
Wed, 01 Jun 1994 14:23:51 -0500

In message <>, Michael Mealling writes:
>Since most folx who would answer this question were in Geneva last week
>I'll ask it again:
>Concerning the attributes of the anchor tag:
>After looking over the current spec and picking apart the unstated but
>possibly implied differences between HREF and URN, I have a question:
>CAN <A URN="value"> mean retrieve the page that has this Uniform Resource
>Name once it has been resolved into a URL?

Sounds reasonable.

>Is this the intended meaning and if so can that intended meaning be changed
>in order to accomodate URN->URL resolution?

Could you rephrase your question in terms of example markup
and client-server interactions?

Off the top of my head, this seems like a resonable usage:

See <A HREF=""
URN="URN:EITF:rfc/822>The Format for Internet
Messages</a> for more info.

Clients that grok URNs can use the URN attribute, and other clients
can use the ftp: address.

This still strikes me as something of a hack, but it's a reasonable
hack in the near term.