Last modified: 2011-03-13 18:04:45 UTC
JFTR, as noted on the "issues" page:
Missing name= anchors for backwards compatibility
The generated <a href="#_note-n"> links should have a name="_ref-n".
The generated <a href="#_ref-n"> links should have a name="_note-n".
Legacy browsers have no clue what and "id" might be, they
want an equivalent "name". Where that's impossible it's a
case of "you lose", but cite apparently has the necessary
anchors to add the missing "name" for old browsers. It's
also recommended in the XHTML 1.0 standard appendix C.8.
The id's are currently not on <a> elements. They're also used for some things, like highlighting the targeted <li> on enwiki. Probably not worth it to fix this.
The patch for bug 16294 can trivially fix this, since we write out anchor elements directly, allowing easy duplication of ids as names. This bug becomes a one-minute job of the patch there goes through.
Marking WONTFIX. Name has been deprecated in HTML5, and id works on 99% of browsers out there. Name back-compat was only needed for Netscape (4?), so it's not really an issue anymore.