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XHTML-FAQ: "Why was the target attribute removed from XHTML 1.1?"

From: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2004 20:09:31 +0200
To: www-html-editor@w3.org
Message-ID: <410319d7.105250862@smtp.bjoern.hoehrmann.de>

Dear HTML Working Group,

  In http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/2004/xhtml-faq.html#target you write:

[...]
  Why was the target attribute removed from XHTML 1.1?

  It wasn't. XHTML 1.0 comes in three versions: strict, transitional,
  and frameset. All three of these were deliberately kept as close as
  possible to HTML 4.01 as XML would allow. XHTML 1.1 is an updated
  version of XHTML 1.0 strict, and no version of HTML strict has ever
  included the target attribute. The other two versions, transitional
  and frameset, were not updated, because there was nothing to update.
  If you want to use the target attribute, use XHTML 1.0 transitional.
[...]

The question web authors asking such questions really is why they
cannot use it, i.e., why it was not included in HTML 4.01 Strict.
Please change the answer and possibly the question so that this
question is addressed.

regards.
Received on Friday, 16 July 2004 14:10:36 UTC

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