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RE: Tidy becomes less forgiving

From: Reitzel, Charlie <CReitzel@arrakisplanet.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2001 17:04:03 -0400
Message-ID: <B5C79DDBC655D311B6BD0008C7E64D76013C1838@exchange.arrakisplanet.com>
To: "'Patrick Lok'" <plok@inktomi.com>, html-tidy@w3.org
I tried one of the files and the error it encountered has to do with Tidy
being a bit over-zealous (imo) about nesting <form></form> tags within a
table.  In my experience, crossing cells is OK for IE and NS, but crossing
rows is not.  This particular error should probably be recast as a warning.

take it easy,

-----Original Message-----
From: Patrick Lok [mailto:plok@inktomi.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2001 3:11 PM
To: html-tidy@w3.org
Subject: Re: Tidy becomes less forgiving

> >I've attached 2 of the files that have been rejected by the new tidy but 
> >cleaned up by the old tidy.
> There aren't any files attached to you mail, at least I didn't get them.

  I've attached the files again in this email.

> >Is there any reason why the development team had made tidy tighter or
> >forgiving?
> Depends on the cases, in general, the current Tidy should be more
> forgiving than the 04 Aug 2000 release.
> >It would be nice for tidy to be more flexible and take as much document
> >possible.
> Well, there are cases where Tidy can not correctly guess what the author
> really intended.

Right, I understand that, but at least the new tidy should take everything
that the old tidy takes. Or maybe mostly everything.

In responce to Jany, the purpose of tidy is to take a html file that's not
well-formed and clean it up and make it well formed. If the tighter it is,
the better, then why not just make a program that checks the html code and
return a message saying that the file is well-formed or not?

I agree that there's a lot of Html docs out there on the web are
syntaxically garbage. And that's the whole purpose of tidy, I believe, which
is take those syntaxically garbage html files that are only understood by
the browsers, maybe even not, and make it stick to the real html rules.

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