[whatwg] <base> elements, again

Boris Zbarsky bzbarsky at MIT.EDU
Mon Jan 24 10:33:29 PST 2011

On 1/24/11 11:23 AM, Henri Sivonen wrote:
>> Why did/does this markup work in other UAs? Or does it not?
> According to the Chromium bugs about Unicenter, Unicenter doesn't work in Opera or in WebKit-based browsers--only in Firefox and IE.

Exciting.  :(

> When <base target> follows the <a>, IE6 ignores the target, because IE6 honors the most recent <base>.

That's the Gecko 1.9.2 and earlier behavior as well, right?

> IE7 and later ignore <base> outside <head>, so a <base> following an <a> gets ignored due to that reason.

Right, and that breaks other sites, which is why we changed away from 
that behavior...

I can't say I like the IE6/old-Gecko behavior, but it may be the most 
web-compatible.  :(


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