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Re: What problem is this task force trying to solve and why?

From: Noah Mendelsohn <nrm@arcanedomain.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2010 13:06:31 -0500
Message-ID: <4D123E27.3080309@arcanedomain.com>
To: John Cowan <cowan@mercury.ccil.org>
Cc: David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk>, Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>, public-html-xml@w3.org

On 12/20/2010 4:25 PM, John Cowan wrote:
> Noah Mendelsohn scripsit:
>> >  * Being liberal in what you accept has arguably proven useful on the
>> >  Web, but we may offer better value in helping users to be conservative
>> >  in what they send.  FWIW:  I find that XML validation of my (X)HTML
>> >  sometimes trips on errors I wouldn't need to fix in practice, but
>> >  often it catches errors that would cause a browser to skip significant
>> >  content when rendering.  So, I find XML validation to be valuable;
>> >  maybe or maybe not a good HTML5 validator would meet the need instead.
>> >  Anyway, I think we need to think about the right mix of XML and HTML
>> >  validation, in cases where users wish to ensure that generated or
>> >  hand-authored content is correct.
> Validation is important, and I'm not arguing against it.  What I don't
> think matters is XML*validity*.  There are now many other useful ways
> to validate documents that are not XML-valid.

Good catch.  I said XML validation.  I mostly meant well-formedness 
checking.  I didn't mean to suggest one way or the other whether 
schema-level validation might also be useful, and if so, using what schema 

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