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NAME and ID attribute types content model

From: Christian Rémillard <christian.remillard@umontreal.ca>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2001 20:50:18 -0500
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If i am not mistaken, the HTML 4.0 and following versions define the ID and NAME attributes content type as CDATA with some limitations:

<< For some HTML 4.0 attributes with CDATA attribute values, the specification imposes further constraints on the set of legal values for the attribute that may not be expressed by the DTD. 


ID and NAME tokens must begin with a letter ([A-Za-z]) and may be followed by any number of letters, digits ([0-9]), hyphens ("-"), underscores ("_"), colons (":"), and periods ("."). >>
[excerpt from: http://www.w3.org/TR/1998/REC-html40-19980424/types.html#type-cdata]

Assuming this is right, there is an error with the validating service which doesn't trigger on an attribute with "1234" as content.


Christian Rémillard
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