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Re: TARGET attribute

From: Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 08:06:38 -0500
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To: "W3C Validator" <www-validator@w3.org>
At 06:53 AM 28/01/99 -0000, David Meadows wrote:
>Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com> wrote:
>>>I have the same problem. The Strict specification *does* include "Target"
>>No, it doesn't.  Check again.  If you go to
>><http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/strict.dtd> and do a search on "target",
>>you won't find anything.
>You're right, but I was looking at the "human readable" specification, which
>does not list the target attribute as depreciated.

HTML 4.0 Strict is not only HTML 4.0 Transitional minus the deprecated
parts.  It'd be easier to explain the difference between the two if that
were the case, but it's not.  (IFRAME is another example of a
non-deprecated element that is not in HTML 4.0 Strict.)

>In the latest version http://www.w3.org/TR/PR-html40/index/attribs.html
>neither "Depreciated" nor "Loose DTD" are listed against target (implying

That's not the latest version.  The latest version is at


and it lists TARGET as in the Loose DTD.

>In http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40-971218/index/attributes.html it was
>listed as "Depreciated" and "Loose DTD" (but no mention of Frameset DTD)

Being in the Loose DTD implies that it is in the Frameset DTD.

>So, clearly some problem in the documentation. I realise that the DTD itself
>is the final word, but I still think the matter deserves clarification.

Why there are a few elements and attributes that are not deprecated but
were still excluded from HTML 4.0 Strict is odd, but it seems to be a
conscious decision--why else would the index pages have separate
"Deprecated" and "Loose DTD" columns?  But in general this discussion is
probably better suited to www-html, and you'd probably find better answers

Liam Quinn
Received on Thursday, 28 January 1999 08:06:44 UTC

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