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Re: "placeholder link"

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 02:34:50 +1000
Message-ID: <467FEEAA.5090306@lachy.id.au>
To: Sander Tekelenburg <st@isoc.nl>
CC: public-html@w3.org

Sander Tekelenburg wrote:
> At 09:19 +1000 UTC, on 2007-06-25, Lachlan Hunt wrote:
>> The extra a element is often useful as an
>> extra hook for styling in practice.
> I don't see how that's a valid argument. Surely we already have span for that?

This issue basically comes down to two options.

1. Leave <a> without attributes undefined and forbid it.
2. Give it a somewhat useful definition and let authors use it.

The spec currently goes with option #2.  Why would option #1 be better?

Also, it does get used on the web.  I have used it myself on various 
sites over the last few years.

> let's have the spec define that UAs must treat <a> as <span>.
> <a>content</a> must not be presented as a link in UAs' default style
> sheets. 

The spec will define the rendering based upon the way it is handled in 
current UAs.  Thus, it will not be rendered like an ordinary link.

Lachlan Hunt
Received on Monday, 25 June 2007 16:35:07 UTC

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