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[Bug 12222] Drop rel=external. It doesn't do anything anywhere. Pages that use it mostly use it as a scripting hook to inject target=_blank to get around validation.

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Date: Thu, 05 May 2011 22:56:09 +0000
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http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=12222

Simon Pieters <simonp@opera.com> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
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             Status|RESOLVED                    |REOPENED
         Resolution|WONTFIX                     |

--- Comment #3 from Simon Pieters <simonp@opera.com> 2011-05-05 22:56:08 UTC ---
Citation needed.

http://www.google.com/codesearch?as_q=%5C%5Brel%7E%3F%3D%28%22%7C%27%29external+lang%3Acss&btnG=Search+Code&hl=en&as_package=&as_lang=&as_filename=&as_class=&as_function=&as_license=&as_case=

shows 30 matches for 

   \[rel~?=("|')external lang:css

which is close to nothing. In comparison

   \.external

finds 2,400 and

   \[href\^=("|')?http lang:css

finds 549.

An attribute selector works and doesn't need to clutter the markup, and if the
author wants to annotate the markup for external links for styling, a class
selector has wider support than an attribute selector (works in IE6).

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