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From: Vidiot <brown@mrvideo.vidiot.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2007 18:36:11 -0500 (CDT)
Message-Id: <200703242336.l2ONaBl11682@mrvideo.vidiot.com>
To: www-html-editor@w3.org


The FAQ regarding the TARGET attribute, especially when used with ANCHOR <A>,
has caused a discussion between me and another coder.

The are so many pieces of documentation on W3.org that it is extremely
to find what I am looking for.

The FAQ implies that no HTML strict definition ever contained TARGET.
I'm assuming that this even means HTML 3.2.  If that is the case, how
can it be in 4.01 transitional, when there was never a TARGET to transition

We are totally confused about the use of TARGET in <A>.

Here is the other part that we can't figure out.  TARGET is very popular
with <A> usage.  Yet it appears to have not been part of an official HTML
definition.  Why wasn't it adopted?  There certainly isn't an easy way to
bring up a new page/tab in a browser when using <A>, other than with the
TARGET attribute.  The person I am talking with uses Javascript, but that is
not 100% compatible between browsers.

We'd like to know the thinking behind the non TARGET <A> attribute.  Maybe
the FAQ entry could be expanded to include the answers for the above
questions, or include reference links to documents that do explain the
issue with TARGET.


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