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From: Jonathan Turkanis (technews_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-07-30 21:01:55

"David Abrahams" <dave_at_[hidden]> wrote in message
> "Jonathan Turkanis" <technews_at_[hidden]> writes:

> > Maybe a 'tool tip' could clear things up -- but I'm afraid this
> > fall into the 'just annoying in general' category.
> [link to this page]

Yes. This is good. I was hoping for a one word solution, but maybe
this is the best we can do.

> It should do two things:
> 1. Copy the link to the clipboard if possible

I believe copying to the clipboard is basically a microsoft feature.
It can be done on Mozilla/Netscape only if the user grants 'enhanced
privileges' to a site -- the browser displays a dialog with a cryptic
message that says nothing about the clipboard. It's easy to enable
this feature only microsoft browsers, but it seems a bit inappropriate
for Boost to have a site which is 'best viewed with Internet

> 2. Display the link in the address field of the browser
> It should have a tooltip that tells you what it will do.

How's this: "reloads current page with a url suitable for bookmarking"

> Ideally of course there would be no need for this link and we'd
> always see a linkable address in the browser's address field.

Reece Dunne asked this question, and I was going to paste my reply
here but I see it's not quite correct. The way to do this would be to
replace each link of the form

    <a href='reference/copy.html'>copy</a>

with one like:

    <a target='_top' href='reference/copy.html?path=1.7.2'>copy</a>

Obviously, this makes it very difficult to write and maintain
documentation unless it is automated. A problem that remains even if
the docs are automatically generated is that links within a page cause
the browser to reload instead of just scroll.

I'd love synchronization to be automatic but I just don't see how to
do it.

> I take
> it this is only possible on some browsers?

When a new document is loaded into an internal frame, some browsers
will display the url in the address bar. I'm not sure that this is a
feature, though, since if you bookmark the page you loose the context.

I think I'll make this question the first FAQ.


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