Re: Question on BASE

Joe English (
Thu, 30 Jan 1997 11:54:02 PST

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Subject: Re: Question on BASE
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Date: Thu, 30 Jan 1997 11:54:02 PST
From: Joe English <> (Arnoud "Galactus" Engelfriet) wrote:

> James Aylett <> wrote:
> > That's no reason to include the true BASE HREF (which is generally a good
> > thing anyway) along with the TARGET attribute. However since no one seems
> Yes there is. In the current HTML 3.2 DTD, HREF is marked as
> a required attribute for BASE.

I think the rationale for making HREF a #REQUIRED attribute
was simply that BASE had no content and no other attributes,
so a BASE element without an HREF would be (in HTML 2.0 anyway),

> Besides, BASE TARGET is defined (by Netscape at least) to set
> the default target for links in the document, not for the document
> itself.

That being the case, it would make sense to add a TARGET
attribute and change HREF from #REQUIRED to #IMPLIED in
HTML Pro, or whatever DTD you're using...

--Joe English