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Re: how is this Strict valid?

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2006 13:58:50 +0000
Message-ID: <458BE49A.3040503@splintered.co.uk>
To: www-html@w3.org

Jasper Magick wrote:
> According to this:
> http://validator.w3.org/check?verbose=1&uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.w3.org%2F
> w3.org validates Strict.  But, in the source code I found this:
> <h2 class="newsHeading"><a name="news" id="news" shape="rect">News</a></h2>
> I thought NAME was replaced by ID in Strict doctypes, making NAME no 
> longer valid?

Well, you thought wrong. in XHTML 1.0 Strict it's still perfectly ok in 
situations like these. XHTML 1.1 would be another matter.

> Also couldn't you have archived the same effect with less code if you 
> did this:
> <h2 class="newsHeading" id="news">News</h2>

I'm guessing they did this for backwards compatibility with browsers 
(and some assistive technologies) that still don't play ball with 
linking to fragment identifiers. Although the shape="rect" seems a bit 
useless to me.

Patrick H. Lauke
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