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Evil but sometimes unavoidable

I’ve seen a few questions on various forums and mailing lists asking if there is a way of using target=“blank” on links in XHTML Strict without running in to a validation error. I’ve put together an example page showing a method of fixing this using the DOM, which also demonstrates Andrew Clover’s fun-but-ugly Evil Mangled Comments Hack.

This is Evil but sometimes unavoidable by Simon Willison, posted on 23rd July 2002.

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