Anchor Tag and Element ID Standards
It appears that I was breaking HTML standards. The combined list of anchor names and element ID’s should be unique according to W3C. I find this a little confusing, but I can adjust.
It appears to me that element ID’s are meant to be a sort of alias that can be used like an anchor name (along with many other functions). I don’t get the sense that anchor names are meant to be aliases for element ID’s, however. I base that opinion on this statement in the spec, meant to describe why an anchor ID may be a better choice than an anchor name in some situations:
The id attribute can act as more than just an anchor name.
They did not say “the anchor name can act as more than just an anchor name.” :)
An interesting effect, brought to my attention via an email from a reader, is that one can use element ID’s in lieu of anchor names to link within documents. This means that I’ll be going through Scrawlers and eliminating a bunch of anchor tags, minimizing markup and accelerating page loads.
I still think IE6 could have degraded more elegantly. You know, like all the other browsers.