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Re: Numbers as anchors

From: Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2008 09:13:54 -0500
To: public-xml-core-wg@w3.org
Message-ID: <m263wqfgt9.fsf@nwalsh.com>
/ ht@inf.ed.ac.uk (Henry S. Thompson) was heard to say:
| so the total was down to 10265), and found 992 pages, from 636
| distinct hosts, which contained anchors (<a href= or <a id=) which
| began with a digit.

This came up briefly on the TAG telcon during which I did a little
spelunking. AFIACT, <a name="1234"/> is a valid HTML 4.01 anchor and,
by extension, is also a valid XHTML 1.0 anchor.

There are some weird restrictions on name attributes on "a", but
NCName-ness isn't, AFAICT, one of them.

I'm really uncomfortable with the direction things are going: a world
where we have QNames and extended-sortof-mostly-QName-CURIEs.

If the world demands CURIEs, I'm starting to think we ought to rattle
the foundations until we can make them fit in properly. Not that I really
expect the world to go along with me on that one...

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