Javascript 1.5 Release Candidate

Sunday March 19th, 2000

Robert Ginda wrote in to tell us that Javascript 1.5 is now in the Release Candidate stage. Click here to read the newsgroup announcement.

If you are interested in the Javascript-in-C implementation (aka SpiderMonkey), you can click here to visit the SpiderMonkey page, or click here to download the tarball of the 1.5 RC SpiderMonkey code. Also be sure to check out the C Engine Embedder's Guide.

If you are interested in the Java implementation of the Javascript interpreter (aka Rhino, after the O'Reilly book), click here to visit the Rhino page, and here to download the zipped Rhino 1.5 RC package.

Javascript 1.5 is compliant with ECMA-262 revision 3. To read more, visit's Javascript 1.5 page.

#9 Re: click here?

by mykmelez <>

Monday March 20th, 2000 11:03 AM

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No, riddley, this way of making links has never gone out of style, but it's worth mentioning again why it has never been considered the best way to do things:

When a user encounters a non-descriptive link (f.e. 'you can -click here- to visit the Rhino page' instead of 'you can -visit the Rhino page-') they must look elsewhere to figure out the target of the link and then back to the link to go to that target. This takes a miniscule amount of extra time and causes a very small amount of frustration, but the time and frustration are not insignificant, and they make reading a web page more difficult and less enjoyable than it needs to be.

The secondary problem is that a small link like '-here-' is more difficult to hit with the mouse, again necessitating extra time and frustrating precision. That's why in the example above I suggest making the words 'visit the Rhino page' a link instead of just 'Rhino page'.