Does Notes break the W3C standard for web links?

As you have probably spotted, I use Domino Blog for my blogs.  When composing a post, I add any links using Create/Hotspot/Link Hotspot.  Now I am not 100% sure that this the recommended approach, but it does the job nicely, and saves hand-coding them.

However, when sorting out some RSS feed validation issues this morning I noticed that the links added are not enclosed in double quotes, e.g.:
Feed Validator Results: http://blog.collaborationmatters.com/blog/cmblog.nsf/feed.rss

It is my belief that hrefs should always be enclosed, and the W3C page relating to this tag seems to suggest this too – if only by example rather than by specification.

So what do you think folks? Is this down to a misuse of Create/Hotspot/Link Hotspot on my behalf, should Notes be adding the quotes whatever, or is their use discretionary as far as the standard goes?  I’d be interested in your feedback.

Stuart McIntyre is a Senior Strategist at Fostering Community Limited. He curates a number of product-focused news sites, is a lapsed podcaster, founded the Social Connections user group and regularly speaks at conferences and events. This blog represents his own slightly-eccentric and usually-controversial opinions!