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any error-free web pages at all? [was: Why Microsoft's authoritative=true won't work and is a bad idea]

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 07 Jul 2008 17:04:30 -0500
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Cc: David Morris <dwm@xpasc.com>, HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>, "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-Id: <1215468270.14385.57.camel@pav.lan>

On Mon, 2008-07-07 at 21:40 +0000, Ian Hickson wrote:
> [...] (It would be interesting to see if anyone could actually 
> find a Web page with more than 10kb of total content that is not in any 
> way affiliated with the person who found it and that had absolutely no 
> errors of any kind. I'm not convinced there are any.)

OK... at the risk of further exposing my ignorance... I'll bite.

Today's featured article in wikipedia is ~32k and I don't
see any errors; the W3C markup service
says "This Page Is Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional!" and
the firefox error console is blank.

Then I did a search for "XHTML CSS web design"
and about half the links get an OK from the markup
validator, e.g.

I've seen data that puts the number of valid web
pages at 1 in a million or so, but there are billions
of web pages out there, so I don't think error-free
pages are *that* hard to find.

Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
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