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[whatwg] href attribute

From: Alexey Feldgendler <alexey@feldgendler.ru>
Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2007 18:00:11 +0100
Message-ID: <op.tokmulw01h6og4@xman.oslo.opera.com>
On Fri, 02 Mar 2007 17:55:34 +0100, Colin Lieberman <colin at fontshop.com> wrote:

> One of the strengths of the current XHTML2 spec is the broadened use of
> the href attribute
> (http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml2/mod-hyperAttributes.html#adef_hyperAttributes_href)
> -- and the resulting requirement for user agents that any element with a
> (valid) href element be an actionable link.

Any element can be made into a button, but HTML has the <button> element to explicitly express the button semantics. I think you won't argue that

<button onclick="...">Calculate</button>

...is preferable than

<span class="button" onclick="...">Calculate</span>

Likewise, HTML has <a> to explicitly express the semantics of a hyperlink. I don't see how the language would benefit from the ability of turning any element into a link.

Alexey Feldgendler <alexey at feldgendler.ru>
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Received on Friday, 2 March 2007 09:00:11 UTC

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