Originally Posted by VIPStephan
And it is being reintroduced in HTML 5 because people dont care and ignorance is winning over reason.
No it is being reintroduced in HTML 5 simply to inform the browser authors that they have to allow for it in the code and not consider it an error.
People who know how browsers work already know how to turn off such useless attributes as that and open links where they want and browsers are making it easier to do.
Having target as a recognised attribute in HTML 5 means that browsers will be able to offer a browser setting that turns it off by default but which allows people to turn it on if they prefer to let web pages choose how their browser works. If it were not a recognised attribute then having a setting to allow or disallow it would make no sense and there are already lots of browser plugins for disabling it that rely on browsers recognising it so that it can be disabled.
Remember - the HTML 5 specification defines what browsers have to allow - it is not specifying what web page authors should use - what should be used is always a small subset of what is allowed.
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