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target attribute of anchor tags

From: Daniel Terry <rrowv@usa.net>
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2002 21:35:05 -0400 (EDT)
Message-ID: <000a01c23e17$0f294cd0$0300a8c0@camero>
To: <www-validator@w3.org>
    When validating a page I was working on last night, I noticed something a little odd.  My page ( http://www.cs.iupui.edu/~dsterry/n307/index.html ) validates fine on HTML 4.01 - Strict except the TARGET attribute of any anchor tags I used.  I realize it will validate under HTML 4.01 - Transitional with the TARGET attributes there, but it seems odd to me that such a basic thing does not conform to the standards.  Other than resorting to JavaScript, there is no other way to insure that a link will open in a new window as is often desirable for outside links without using a TARGET="_blank" attribute.  Why would this not be allowed as part of the HTML 4.01 - Strict spec?  I can understand nearly all of the compliance rules in the validate, but just not this one.  Why is it there and does it really need to be?


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