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[Bug 7724] New: I would like to know: what is to become of the A element’s NAME attribute? I validated a HTML5 website that I am working this Wednesday (2009-09-23) which contained an A element with a NAME attribute: the W3C Markup Validator did not mind one bit. Howe

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Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 23:23:27 +0000
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           Summary: I would like to know: what is to become of the A
                    element’s NAME attribute? I validated a HTML5 website
                    that I am working this Wednesday (2009-09-23) which
                    contained an A element with a NAME attribute: the W3C
                    Markup Validator did not mind one bit.  Howe
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: Other
               URL: http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-
                    work/#reviewCommentText
        OS/Version: other
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P3
         Component: HTML5 spec bugs
        AssignedTo: dave.null@w3.org
        ReportedBy: contributor@whatwg.org
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: ian@hixie.ch, mike@w3.org, public-html@w3.org


Section: http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#reviewCommentText

Comment:
I would like to know: what is to become of the A element’s NAME attribute? I
validated a HTML5 website that I am working this Wednesday (2009-09-23) which
contained an A element with a NAME attribute: the W3C Markup Validator did not
mind one bit.  However, today (25-09-25), the W3C Markup Validator is showing
this as an error! For the same page, html5.validator.nu is marking each
occurrence with a warning, but still showing an overall pass.  I think that for
reasons of backward compatibility, the NAME attribute SHOULD be kept in the
HMTL5 spec. Older UAs of the Netscape 4 generation do not support the ID
attribute as a fragment identifier, and I think that, solely in the interests
of supporting legacy browsers, the NAME attribute should remain in the spec
(maybe marked as deprecated).  Thank you for your time, and keep up the good
work!  Regards,  Jordan Clark <http://www.jdclark.org/> <mail@jdclark.org>

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