target attribute of anchor tags

    When validating a page I was working on last night, I noticed something a little odd.  My page ( ) validates fine on HTML 4.01 - Strict except the TARGET attribute of any anchor tags I used.  I realize it will validate under HTML 4.01 - Transitional with the TARGET attributes there, but it seems odd to me that such a basic thing does not conform to the standards.  Other than resorting to JavaScript, there is no other way to insure that a link will open in a new window as is often desirable for outside links without using a TARGET="_blank" attribute.  Why would this not be allowed as part of the HTML 4.01 - Strict spec?  I can understand nearly all of the compliance rules in the validate, but just not this one.  Why is it there and does it really need to be?

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Received on Thursday, 8 August 2002 03:14:00 UTC