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"target=" in Strict DTD

From: Glyn Williams <Glyn.Williams@Synergy-Logistics.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 30 May 2001 15:16:55 +0100
Message-ID: <60779EBEFA89D311859300105A420FFB1C5D68@SYNDICATE>
To: "'www-validator@w3.org'" <www-validator@w3.org>
I have a little problem - I'm not sure whether its a problem with the
validator, or with the HTML spec, or with my understanding of one or both of

My website is written for the most part without frames, and with stylesheets
- an ideal candidate (I imagined) to try to get to conform to HTML 4.01
strict DTD.

I know my site is often displayed within a frame (by my "web diversion"
service), and it is therefore logical that any access to external links (not
on my site) should "break out" of the frame by using 'target="_top"' in the
anchor start tag. I also sometimes use 'target="_blank"' when accessing
sites that I know to give problems with the browser "Back" button.

Problem is, the HTML validator tells me that "target=" is not allowed with
strict DTD, only with frameset. Just changing the doctype statement on its
own will not work, as it then complains that I should have a "frameset"
instead of a "body". Since I do not really wish to rewrite all my html in
frames form do you have any suggestions for a way round this, that would
still validate correctly?

A related problem is the HTML file representing the content of a particular
frame (where I have used them), which in its present form doubles as the
file that can be accessed by browsers without frames capability. Would I
need to have two versions of this file in order to get a satisfactory

Thanks for any help, and my apologies if I am missing something obvious.
Glyn Williams


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