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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Why Chrome Should Support Better Hyperlinks


Most of the web has received a major upgrade the last few years. HTML finally got some love with HTML5; CSS is beginning to come out of the dark ages with efforts like SASS to explore what's possible and then standardizing them back into CSS itself like CSS variables. Even JavaScript has gotten upgraded with ES 6 so that it continues to stay productive.
We've got the same old 8-bit hypertext while the rest of the web's foundations have rapidly zoomed beyond.
One key part of the web that hasn't received any attention since it's founding is the plain old hyperlink, you know, the URL that lets you point at and talk about anything on the web. We still have exactly the same hypertext we had when the web booted up in the early 90s. We've got the same old 8-bit hypertext while the rest of the web's foundations have rapidly zoomed beyond. Just to keep this in perspective, the hyperlink we know predates Windows 95. Yikes.
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There was XPath and others.
While displaying some random Web page we cannot make much assumptions, like good ids or no mutability. So why another option in a drop-down that may not work in 50% of the cases? It is just more confusion and clutter.

In special cases, JavaScript works just fine.
 
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