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[ACTION-16] Changing @usemap to take URI instead of IDREF

From: Shane McCarron <shane@aptest.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2008 14:50:25 -0600
Message-ID: <49514F11.4020905@aptest.com>
To: XHTML WG <public-xhtml2@w3.org>

I am implementing this change in XHTML 1.2 as per my action and in order 
to support our resolution to issue 9641 [2]. I note, however, that this 
change is in *direct* conflict with the text of HTML 4.01 [1].  While 
HTML indicates the datatype of @usemap is uri, the prose clearly says 
that the value of usemap must MATCH the value of the name attribute of a 
map element.  To me that's an IDREF, not a URI.  My conclusion is that 
browser implementors did this wrong, everyone used it wrong, and so we 
need to support this incorrect implementation.

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/struct/objects.html#adef-usemap

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