[whatwg] [WA1] Literals and Actions, comments on inline markup

Kristof Zelechovski giecrilj at stegny.2a.pl
Tue May 27 01:11:26 PDT 2008

I do not see why SPAN[ID] should obsolete A[NAME].  I admit DIV[ID] marks a
true fragment whereas A[NAME] is merely a bookmark, which is old-style
shallow HTML with Hn vs SECTION &al.; this was probably influenced by legacy
printing technology, I can also imagine it was slightly less demanding from
the user agent; but SPAN[ID] really adds nothing to the picture.

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[mailto:whatwg-bounces at lists.whatwg.org] On Behalf Of Ian Hickson
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Subject: Re: [whatwg] [WA1] Literals and Actions, comments on inline markup

> One of the previous uses of <a> was to mark a destination anchor with 
> 'name'. For the most part, the 'id' attribute has made this use 
> obsolete. I'm wondering, though, what would be the appropriate WA1 
> markup to use for anchoring to a bit of text that is not otherwise 
> marked-up?

<span id=""></span>, same as marking up any text that isn't otherwise 
marked up.

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