[whatwg] href on any element

Francisco Monteiro monterro2004 at tiscali.co.uk
Tue Aug 29 09:02:22 PDT 2006

What practical use has this for Mr Joe Public?

Give me a really useful example in very simple wording!

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Lachlan Hunt wrote:
> Andrew Fedoniouk wrote:
>> If yes then let it be just :
>> <section href="...">
>>  <h2>...
>>  <p>...
>> </section>
> But that isn't backwards compatible.

data:text/html,<table><tr><a hef="www.google.com"><td>link to
google</td></a><td>plain text</td></tr></table>

Neither is <a> around table cells or list items.

Personally, I like the semantics of href on any element. "This element is a
link" seems cleaner than "Here is a link element that surrounds some other
element or text content". Assuming no one does find a backwards-compatible
way to link any element, I'd prefer going forwards with href applying to

(Note that I haven't thought about it much, though, and I do have a vague
hazy memory of not liking something about the way XHTML 2 is doing it. I
would definitely want more thought put into it than I have.)

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