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HREF attribute on A and AREA elements is not required

From: <ian_bruce@fastmail.net>
Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2012 22:10:27 -0700
To: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <20120924221027.6a5d4eda.ian_bruce@fastmail.net>
While using the <http://validator.w3.org/> service to check an HTML5
document ("<!DOCTYPE HTML>"), I encountered the following error message:

    Element area is missing required attribute href.

It is true that the <AREA> element in question does not have an "HREF"
tag; instead, it executes some Javascript with "ONCLICK".

However, by way of explanation, the validator refers me here:


-- where it is quite clearly stated that "the href attribute on a and
area elements is not required; when those elements do not have href
attributes they do not create hyperlinks."

In other words, according to the HTML5 specification, this is not an

I do not know if a similar error message would be produced in the case
of an <A> element without an HREF tag, nor what the situation would be
for HTML4.

Perhaps these issues should be investigated.

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-- Ian Bruce
Received on Tuesday, 25 September 2012 05:24:04 UTC

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