"Bob McConnell" <r...@cbord.com> wrote on 07/02/2010 08:53:30 AM:

> > Arguments against using/dismissing the "name" attribute in tags is 
> > simply nonsense.
> This discussion began when I pointed out that the name attribute is
> deprecated in XHTML. This was later confirmed when someone pointed to
> the actual specification at <http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/>, however
> there may be some confusion about the scope of the change. The
> applicable section is shown below. Apparently HTML 5 is planning to take
> a different path. Of course, nobody knows that for sure since the spec
> is far from complete and will likely be undergoing major changes for
> several more years.
> Bob McConnell
> -----8<------------------------------------------------
> 4.10. The elements with 'id' and 'name' attributes
> HTML 4 defined the name attribute for the elements a, applet, form,
> frame, iframe, img, and map. HTML 4 also introduced the id attribute.
> Both of these attributes are designed to be used as fragment
> identifiers.
> In XML, fragment identifiers are of type ID, and there can only be a
> single attribute of type ID per element. Therefore, in XHTML 1.0 the id
> attribute is defined to be of type ID. In order to ensure that XHTML 1.0
> documents are well-structured XML documents, XHTML 1.0 documents MUST
> use the id attribute when defining fragment identifiers on the elements
> listed above. See the HTML Compatibility Guidelines for information on
> ensuring such anchors are backward compatible when serving XHTML
> documents as media type text/html.
> Note that in XHTML 1.0, the name attribute of these elements is formally
> deprecated, and will be removed in a subsequent version of XHTML.

At the risk of injecting a little light into this discussion ;) note the 
list of elements in the excerpt Bob provided: a, applet, form, frame, 
iframe, img, and map. Almost all replies to date have referred to the name 
attribute of the *form elements*: input, select, and textarea. Two 
different sets of elements.

As far as I am concerned, the "authorities" are free to remove the name 
attribute from the first set. I think it is safe to say that the name 
attribute will not be removed from the *form elements* anytime soon.

For all with a holiday coming up this weekend, have a good one!


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