Name attribute is obsolete, what is the correct behavior when dealing with anchors?

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Published on 2011-04-22T19:09:48Z Indexed on 2012/12/07 11:20 UTC
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Putting some code through the html5 validator, I get this:

Warning: The name attribute on the a element is obsolete. Consider putting an id attribute on the nearest container instead.

I find that unclear. Is the "nearest container" for an anchor link the a itself, so that the correct code would be <a id='blah'> instead of <a name='blah'>? Or are empty placeholder <a> tags as a whole deprecated, and anchors can simply point to any element with an id instead?

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