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Re: HTML5 spec anchors

From: Michael(tm) Smith <mike@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 2010 11:46:52 +0900
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Cc: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>, www-archive <www-archive@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20101108024651.GA11320@sideshowbarker>
Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, 2010-11-07 12:08 +0100:

> Henri,
> to complete a conversation we had at TPAC...: I believe a subset of the
> anchors in the spec are auto-generated from the section titles. Thus, they
> are only stable as long as no new (sub-)sections with the same title get
> inserted (in which case numbers get appended as far as I recall).
> I think it would be good to spend the effort to actually give each
> subsection a robust anchor.

The feature of generating IDs from section titles is one that Anolis
inherited from the CSS3 module postprocessor (which it was originally
designed to be a workalike for). I think that's been a really misguided
feature from the beginning and I'm really annoyed by its side effects.

That said, I'm not annoyed to the point where I'd volunteer to be the one
to spend the effort to make stable IDs for all of the currently ID-less
sections. And unless somebody else does volunteer to spend the effort, it's
very unlikely that it's going to get done.


Michael(tm) Smith
Received on Monday, 8 November 2010 02:46:58 UTC

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