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Re: lynx-dev hidden links

From: pAb-032871
Subject: Re: lynx-dev hidden links
Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2000 13:25:01 -0700

Personally, I think you have some good points, but there's no
need to shout.

In "Re: lynx-dev hidden links"
[19/Jun/2000 Mon 09:10:07]
Eduardo Chappa L. wrote:

> *** Klaus Weide (address@hidden) wrote in the Lynx list on Jun 16, 2000:


> :) In the CNN site they don't result from images without alt attributes.
> :) They result from images with explicit alt="" attributes.
> Pardon me? let's see, as of this morning I see this link:
> and the text linking to it is:
> <a href="/cnnsi/golf/2000/us_open/index.html">
> <img src="/images/0006/cnnfront_plus_tiger.jpg"  
> WIDTH=55 HEIGHT=45 ALT="" BORDER="0" align=right
> hspace="2" vspace="2"></a><DIV class="pad">
> <a href="/cnnsi/golf/2000/us_open/index.html">
> Read about Tiger Woods' U.S. Open tour de force</a>
> I see an ALT="" very clear there, I hope this is more than enough of an
> example. Please don't argue back that there is a link text link to it,
> that's not the point. The point is that if there is a hidden link,
> information *may* be lost.


> So you are saying:
>  - Out of "n" links "m" are links that *I* would never follow, therefore
> *NOBODY* should/has to follow, therefore it is not necessary to warn
> anyone about it. Pardon me? are you Bill Gates, what's good for you is
> good for the rest of the world?

Maybe you're forgetting this is *freeware*.  I don't think any
of the developers have any contractual obligations to do *anything*
with Lynx [with the possible exception of T.E.Dickey, who maintains
the list, website, and keeps several other things co-ordinated.
I'm guessing he's made agreements with various ISPs to accomplish
this].  They work on it in their spare time, and I don't think
anyone gets paid.

But no-one's stopping you from doing it yourself if it's that
important.  That's why it's called "open-source": if you know
a little about programming you can do whatever you want [no, I
don't know how to write code either, but I am *slowly* learning
to read it].  If you ask, I'm sure someone on this list would
be happy to give you a few pointers.

Just curious: don't those smiley quote strings annoy you when
you're trying to flame someone?  They're nice, but it would bother
me in that situation, because then I'd be making an effort to
*avoid* being nice.  ;-)

Seth Brundle:
        "Computers are dumb, they only know what you tell them."
                                -- from The Fly


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