[whatwg] Inconsistent behavior for empty-string URLs

Nicholas Zakas nzakas at yahoo-inc.com
Fri Dec 11 10:15:27 PST 2009

I agree, automatic downloads are the real issue. <a href=""> is fine
because a user must initiate the action (and thus generate a "real"

I'd think that the behavior should be the same in CSS and SVG for
resources that are automatically downloaded.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Simon Pieters [mailto:simonp at opera.com] 
Sent: Thursday, December 10, 2009 10:57 AM
To: Nicholas Zakas; Anne van Kesteren; Aryeh Gregor
Cc: whatwg at lists.whatwg.org
Subject: Re: [whatwg] Inconsistent behavior for empty-string URLs

On Thu, 10 Dec 2009 19:22:43 +0100, Nicholas Zakas
<nzakas at yahoo-inc.com>  

> I'd be happy to make the compromise that this applies to markup but
> to JavaScript APIs.

I think it shouldn't apply to markup that doesn't download things  
automatically; in particular <a href=""> should work.

What about URLs in CSS and SVG?

Simon Pieters
Opera Software

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