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Thread: [RESOLVED] Empty anchor element

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2003

    resolved [RESOLVED] Empty anchor element

    Is the empty anchor valid HTML element?

    <a href="/" id="home-link" title="Home"></a>

    Originally code was

    <div id="header">

    <a href="/" id="home-link">Home</a>


    but I modified it, since dont want display 'Home' text.

  2. #2
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    May 2008
    Yes, it is valid HTML. Any element that can contain text doesn't necessarily need text.

    Edit: You should note that not all browsers can find them, however. An excerpt from the HTML4 recommendation (scroll up a little bit in the document to see it in green text):
    Note. User agents should be able to find anchors created by empty A elements, but some fail to do so. For example, some user agents may not find the "empty-anchor" in the following HTML fragment:

    <A name="empty-anchor"></A>
    <EM>...some HTML...</EM>
    <A href="#empty-anchor">Link to empty anchor</A>
    Last edited by rpgfan3233; 11-24-2008 at 06:30 AM.

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