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Re: DogFood

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2007 00:15:02 +0200
Cc: public-html <public-html@w3.org>
Message-Id: <89AF9254-C626-45ED-AC98-047C39E62F53@iki.fi>
To: Sam Ruby <rubys@us.ibm.com>

On Dec 5, 2007, at 21:29, Sam Ruby wrote:

> But this is clearly just the start.  At the present time,  
> html5.validator.nu conformance checking tool identifies a gross  
> number of errors:
>  http://tinyurl.com/2wywpp
> I imagine that the errors can be grouped into three categories:
>  1) errors for which my page ought to be fixed
>  2) errors for which the validator ought to be fixed

Did you identify any errors that the validator reported but were not  
errors per current spec draft? Granted, there are a number of  
unfriendly messages there, but as far as I can tell, all of those  
point out actual errors.

Even "Bad value text for attribute type on XHTML element input." is  
technically correct although not exactly helpful (see error class 4  
below). This message is the #1 usability bug, BTW.

>  3) errors for which the spec ought to be fixed
> I'm posting my early results here in the off chance that it sparks a  
> discussion.

I identified four classes of errors:
  1) meta charset in XHTML
  2) wbr
  3) a dangling for="q" attribute
  4) lots and *lots* of cases where you have inline content where only  
block content is conforming.

Henri Sivonen
Received on Wednesday, 5 December 2007 22:15:20 UTC

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