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FW: REV attribute on A and LINK elements

From: Mark Rogers <mark.rogers@powermapper.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:29:52 -0500
To: "www-validator@w3.org" <www-validator@w3.org>
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I believe the validator used to flag using the REV attribute on A and LINK elements as obsolete, but no longer does this. The REV attribute is still marked as non-conforming in the HTML5  CR and nightly specs. The language looks the same in all the versions:

"11.2 Non-conforming features"
"The following attributes are obsolete (though the elements are still part of the language), and must not be used by authors:
"rev on a elements"
"rev on link elements"


Looking into this a bit deeper, I think there might be a mismatch between the HTML5 CR and the RFDa recommendation (which says "RDFa supports the use of @rel and @rev on any element.")

There are also 4 tests in the conformance checker test suite that use the REV attribute, with the naming indicating validators should not flag a conformance error:

So, what's the correct behaviour - is this conforming or non-conforming?

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