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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.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_State_Route_32

Then I did a search for "XHTML CSS web design"
and about half the links get an OK from the markup
validator, e.g.
  http://www.oswd.org/
  http://veerle.duoh.com/

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.

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