[whatwg] Clarification on hashed id reference

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Wed Feb 20 13:14:32 PST 2008

On Wed, 20 Feb 2008, Adele Peterson wrote:
> I was looking at the definition of a valid hashed id reference, and I 
> noticed some inconsistency.  The first sentence says the string must 
> match the id attribute, but then the last parsing rule says that the 
> string can match the id or name attributes of the element.

Right, the definition of "valid hashed ID reference" defines what's valid, 
and the rules for parsing a hashed ID reference cover how to parse them 
even if they're invalid.

> If the parsing rule is correct, then should there be some rule for 
> determining which attribute should get checked first? And if the parsing 
> rule is correct, maybe the initial description should mention the name 
> attribute too.

Why? Pointing at the name attribute is non-conforming.

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