HTML and end tags

David Koblas (
Fri, 7 Jan 1994 04:14:21 -0800

As best I understand HTML has some optional end tags for markup.
(i.e. it is optional to have a </P> after a <P>).

Since presently I'm writing a HTML syntax checker (actually full
base parser), and I'm trying to track down all areas of "fuzzyness"
in an HTML document. The <P> .. </P> is simply to ignore/understand,
but things get a little problimatic when faced with:
<A NAME="Some Nice Name">
Since this is an anchor tag it really should have an </A> associated
with it, but they don't. So at the very least this brings up the
question of what is the meaning of the following:

<A HREF=reference>this is some text
<A NAME=here>that is all</A>
an anchor.</A>

Or some equally similar contrived example. Now from the working HTML+
spec, I see that NAME= is now ID=, but the same question still lurks.
Is it required to have an ending mark, thus one correctly needs to
specify <A ID=tag></A> to insert a simple reference?