[whatwg] href attribute
colin at fontshop.com
Mon Mar 12 07:32:04 PDT 2007
Hi all. (Double apologies for accidentally sending that last email
before finishing it)
My apologies for starting this rather exciting thread. :)
Several commenters (Matthew Raymond comes most prominently to mind) have
convinced me that while a global href attribute would be handy, it's
just not worth it:
One of his excellent points is a real clincher for me:
5) Using just an attribute can cause restructuring of markup when you
need to add content to a hyperlink. Let's say you start with this:
| <abbr href="http://w3.org" title="World Wide Web Consortium">
Suppose you now want to add the word "Website" to the hyperlink:
| <span href="http://w3.org">
| <abbr title="World Wide Web Consortium">W3C</abbr> Website
That case alone shows the need for an a element.
That said, I think there is a strong case for other element allowing
links besides a... li and abbr pop to mind.
Daniel Glazman wrote:
> On 11/03/2007 21:30, Anne van Kesteren wrote:
>> What does <a href=""><canvas>...</canvas></a> not offer that <canvas
>> href="">...</canvas> does?
> Code quality... The former is just ugly, really ugly, it smells like
> HTML+ from 1993.
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