[whatwg] Proposal for a link attribute to replace <a href>

Ernest Cline ernestcline at mindspring.com
Fri May 30 19:20:10 PDT 2008

Having looked at the discussion thus has generated, I have a counterproposal to make.

First of all, given that full support for hyperlinks requires support for seven attributes (href, target, ping, rel, media, hreflang, & type), I can fully understand web developers not wanting to make it something applicable to any element.  On the other hand, web authors have already indicated a desire through how they use <a> with exist tag soup browsers to have hyperlink support for more than just phrasing content as supported by <a> and embedded content as supported by <area> for <img> and <object>.

What about adding a third non-metadata hyperlink element, say <anchor>, which would be a flow content element with flow content allowed in it?  This would seem to cover the use cases presented, while preserving <a> as being phrasing content only.  The only issue I see if this were added, is whether it would be better to have the ismap attribute of <img> only work with <a> or to have it work with the new element as well.

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