Re: Control areas ?

Joel Crisp (
Tue, 22 Nov 1994 11:32:40 +0100

> From Tue Nov 22 09:49 GMT 1994
> Date: Tue, 22 Nov 1994 10:44:54 +0100
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> From: Sean Martin <>
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> Subject: Control areas ?
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> The following suggestion was appended to one of the IBM internal news groups :
> >Can those who are communicating with the informal HTML development
> >outside IBM suggest the addition in the browsers of an area on
> >the browser frame, of a top (header) and bottom (footer) area,
> >It would be nice to have this plus an html tag which allowed specification
> >of either an image map, a set of icons, or a set of char strings
> >with html anchors '<a HREF=' in these areas. Thus your 'icons'
> >for forward and backward page movement, search and navigation would not scroll with
> >the document and you wouldn't have to go all the way to the top or
> >bottom of a long file to get to them.
> Seems to me that this might be a good idea. It would need an HTML extention but I doubt
> that this would be consistent with SGML. Perhaps it could go into the <header> area ?
> Would anyone more knowledgeable care to comment ?
> Kindest regards Sean.
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I belive that the HTML Level 3 working group are already considering
something like this - Simon may well be able to comment ?

We definately think that this is a good idea, but would like to see it
generalised to requesting regions and gravity much as the X-windows packer
does. This has applications in Computer based learning, where this kind
of layout control is much more important that with basic document