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[Bug 12334] make <a name> valid again in HTML5

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--- Comment #3 from Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no> 2011-03-19 06:42:09 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #2)

> Because the spec says that <a> is semantically an hyperlink.

It is only "semantically a hyperlink" - "REPRESENTS a hyperlink" - when it
contains @href:

   "If the a element has an href attribute, **then**
    it represents a hyperlink (a hypertext anchor)."

There is another thing which <a> always is, however: It is always 'interactive
content', even without the @href, see:
http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/content-models.html#interactive-content
But I suppose that you are not after changing *that* detail.

> Turning an html4 <a name> into a <a id> would make it a 
> named anchor, violating the semantics defined in the spec.

QUESTION: 

   Would that solve you concern if the spec stated that an <a
id="">*</a>(anchor with the @id attribute) "REPRESENTS a named anchor"?

   (I *do* support such a change.)


NOTES to convince the editor (Ian) to make such a specification:

    FIRSTLY:  Spec forbids 'target, rel, media, hreflang, and type'
                   unless @href is present. But @id is not forbidden.
SECONDLY: Spec contains one example where it shows how one
                   can use an <a> element WITHOUT any @href. 
                   PROPOSAL: add @id to that example.
   THIRDLY: @name is actually "obsolete but conforming"
http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/obsolete.html#obsolete-but-conforming-features
Hence the "old" semantics are actually not clearly unpresent in HTML5.

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