On Friday, March 25, 2011, Grega Leskovšek wrote:

> Do I have to use target="_new" - I can not do this - I am working
> this for my University seminar and it has to be valid HTML5.

I guess that this is an HTML issue rather than PHP. However:

Despite what the W3C validator might claim, I understand that the
target attribute of the anchor tag is still valid in HTML5. In any
case, HTML5 is a draft standard AFAICT, and so I have to question a
university's insistence on adhering to a 'moving target'.

should give you some ammunition to demonstrate to your tutor that
<a href="somewhere.html" target="_blank"> is valid. Quoting from
that W3C document:

  The target attribute, if present, must be a valid browsing context
  name or keyword. It gives the name of the browsing context that will
  be used. User agents use this name when following hyperlinks.

They also say:

  A valid browsing context name or keyword is any string that is
  either a valid browsing context name or that is an ASCII
  case-insensitive match for one of: _blank, _self, _parent, or _top.

FWIW, the 'target' attribute has been removed from 'link' elements,
which many have apparently wrongly taken to mean it's been removed
from hyperlinks (i.e. anchor tags). However, <link> and <a> are not
the same thing! An example of each:

  <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="styles.css" />
  <a href="someplace.html" target="_blank">click here</a>



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