htmlText not supporting target in <a href="xxx">?

Richard Gaskin ambassador at
Tue Jun 21 09:51:51 EDT 2016

Monte Goulding wrote:
 > Ah… the target attribute is not supported by htmlText. htmlText is
 > a limited subset of html that supports only field chunk properties.
 > There’s no guarantee on round-tripping your htmlText.

Given how much of modern HTML makes good use of CSS, the range of things 
one can round-trip through htmlText is close to zero.

And that's not bad, given that they're designed for entirely different 
purposes:  HTML provides content and structure for web pages in a 
browser, and htmlText uses HTML-like conventions to provide a plain-text 
representation of a field's content and styles.

@Ton: If you use Mike's script to trap the linkClicked message the URL 
will open in a new window anyway (a browser window), so you'll have what 
you're looking for without an extra target attribute.

@Monte: Some time ago Mark Waddingham floated the notion of adding 
"xmlText" as a synonym for "htmlText", eventually deprecating the 
latter.  I like the idea since it helps manage expectations about what 
htmlText is designed for.  Is that still seen as desirable?

  Richard Gaskin
  Fourth World Systems
  Software Design and Development for the Desktop, Mobile, and the Web
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