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[Bug 10412] New: restriction of "bookmark" to <a>/<area> is arbitrary

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Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2010 18:11:27 +0000
To: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
Message-ID: <bug-10412-2486@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>
http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=10412

           Summary: restriction of "bookmark" to <a>/<area> is arbitrary
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
               URL: http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/Overview.html#link-type-b
                    ookmark
        OS/Version: Windows NT
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: julian.reschke@gmx.de
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html@w3.org


The definition of bookmark changed from HTML4:

  "Refers to a bookmark. A bookmark is a link to a key entry point within an
extended document. The title attribute may be used, for example, to label the
bookmark. Note that several bookmarks may be defined in each document." --
<http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/types.html#type-links>

to

  "The bookmark keyword may be used with a and area elements. This keyword
creates a hyperlink.

The bookmark keyword gives a permalink for the nearest ancestor article element
of the linking element in question, or of the section the linking element is
most closely associated with, if there are no ancestor article elements." --
<http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/Overview.html#link-type-bookmark>

This is quite a radical change, and it would be nice if somebody could provide
data showing that bookmark indeed isn't used the way defined in HTML4.

Separate from that it's totally unclear why bookmark is restricted to
<a>/<area> - why shouldn't it also provide a permalink for the whole document
when appearing on <link>?

This is an arbitrary restriction which just complicates the registry (no matter
where it is; separate issue)

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