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RE: kelvSYC's Thoughts on the new XHTML Draft

From: Joris Huizer <joris_huizer@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 13 May 2003 01:07:35 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <20030513080735.63292.qmail@web20209.mail.yahoo.com>
To: Jelks Cabaniss <jelks@jelks.nu>, www-html@w3.org


--- Jelks Cabaniss <jelks@jelks.nu> wrote:
> 
> Tantek wrote:
> 
> > In some cases, it turned out HTML4 "Strict" made a
> few removal errors
> > ('target','start','value' attributes), and the
> only W3C valid way of
> > using these removed features is to use the
> HTML4/XHTML1 Transitional
> > DTDs. 
> 
> Indeed.
> 
> As to 'target', the prime objections are:
> 
> 
> 1) It's mostly for frames, and should thus go.
> 
> 2) Opening new windows ("_blank") is a UA thing, not
> a part of the domain of
> documents.
> 
> 3) "*I* will decide when to open a new window. I
> don't want some rude author
> deciding for me."
> 
> 
> I'm not completely unsympathetic to any of those
> arguments, especially #1,
> as I've never much cared for frames.  
> 
> Argument #3, though, has always struck me as a bit
> silly.  This should be a
> UA preference, not a religious one.
> 
> With #2, I think the objectors do have a point. 
> Wouldn't it be neater if
> instead of
> 
> 	<a target="_blank" href="someurl">click here</a>
> 
> we could define it as ...
> 
> 	<a class="external" href="someurl">click here</a>
> 

> and the author defines what "external" means
> somewhere else (and which can
> always be ignored by UAs configured properly)?
> 
> 
> /Jelks
> 
> 

I agree to all this - but I think it would be a better
idea to use another attribute for this - maybe the
"rel" or "rev" attribute I think.

Joris

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