"href" attribute only works when in an "a" tag

RESOLVED INVALID

Status

SeaMonkey
General
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enhancement
RESOLVED INVALID
15 years ago
14 years ago

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(Reporter: Joe Llywelyn Griffith Blakesley, Assigned: asa)

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Description

15 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.4a) Gecko/20030321 Phoenix/0.5
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.3) Gecko/20030312

Recently, I created a webpage that had links (using the "href" attribute) on
elements other than the anchor element.  When I viewed this page in Mozilla,
these links failed to appear.

It appears that Mozilla only displays links that are in anchor elements.  This
is a serious bug.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
View a page with links in it that are not surrounded by anchor tags (e.g.:
"<span href="http://www.mozilla.org/>Mozilla</span>").
Actual Results:  
Mozilla ignores the "href" attribute and displays the link as normal text that
cannot be clicked on.

Expected Results:  
Displayed the text as a clickable link.

Comment 1

15 years ago
Please, can you point a single specification about HTML where it says that href
is valid inside anything else that an <a> ?
This only appears in XHTML 2.0, which is a working draft and not yet suitable
for implementation. INVALID.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 15 years ago
Resolution: --- → INVALID
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Comment 3

15 years ago
Sorry, My mistake. I just checked the HTML standard and the href attribute
should only be used on "a", "area", "link" and "base" elements so Mozilla's
behaviour is currently correct.  (However, the XHTML 2.0 working draft does
allow one to use any element for links, therefore this behaviour will be needed
in the future.)
Severity: major → enhancement
Product: Browser → Seamonkey
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