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checklink and <div id="foo"> (was: Fwd: anchors in W3C specs)

From: Martin Duerst <duerst@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 05 Dec 2001 08:36:14 +0900
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To: www-validator@w3.org
Cc: Paul Grosso <pgrosso@arbortext.com>
Forwarded to www-validator because it affects checklink.

Regards,  Martin.

>Date: Tue, 04 Dec 2001 11:27:50 -0600
>To: Susan Lesch <lesch@w3.org>, spec-prod@w3.org
>From: Paul Grosso <pgrosso@arbortext.com>
>Subject: anchors in W3C specs

>What is the accepted way of doing links in the published
>HTML for W3C specs?
>Specifically, I'm concerned with the use link targets such
>as <div id="foo"> that are expected to be the target of a
>link such as <a href="#foo">.  While this is allowable in
>XHTML, this is not compatible with HTML and does not follow
>the XHTML guidelines for compatibility with HTML browsers;
>such links do not work, for example, in Netscape 4.x browsers.
>I have noted an increasing number of such links in W3C
>documents, and I note with great concern that the W3C link
>validator does not even so much as give a warning for such
>links which are effectively BROKEN for all Netscape users.
>Personally, I'd like to see our pub styles indicate that
>W3C specs should follow the XHTML compatibility guideline
>that suggests targets of the form <a id="foo" name="foo">
>are used, and I'd like to see the link validator give
>errors (or at least warnings) for link targets using an
>id since that won't work in many of the deployed browsers.
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