To 'href' or not to 'href'?
Does anyone know of any design notes on the Web going all the way back to HTML 1.0? In particular, I'm examining the attribute 'href'. Is there a definitive statement of what the 'h' stands for? What are the communal expectations for something named 'href'? Attempting to reverse engineer the HTML spec (at the 4.01 version), it appears that the attribute 'href' applies to user-activated, content-replacing links. (Other uses of URIs use differently named attributes, like 'src', 'cite', 'profile', etc.) <base> and <link> also seem to be exceptions. Rumors are that XHTML 2.0 has a greatly expanded use of 'href' as a user-activated link. XInclude uses 'href' in an automated sense. Is that an appropriate use of the name? Similarly, XForms uses 'href' to automatically fetch things. Is that violating some design principle? The big design question is: when is 'href' the right name for an attribute? Has is become a meaningless name? Thanks, .micah
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