A Google Inc. tool bar feature introduced this week is rekindling a debate over who should control what appears on a Web page the site’s creator or the software used to view it.
Google introduced a feature called AutoLink in a beta of its next tool bar version. AutoLink inserts links into Web pages where an address, package tracking number, publication ISBN (International Standard Book Number) or VIN (vehicle identification number) appears in the content.
In the case of the address, the links connect by default to the recently unveiled Google Maps service. The others take users to third-party sites.