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Re: On validation

From: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2009 08:48:08 -0400
Message-ID: <4A364308.8030603@intertwingly.net>
To: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
CC: HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
Henri Sivonen wrote:
> On Jun 13, 2009, at 00:08, John Foliot wrote:
> 
>> Which brings *me* back to my ongoing question: why should we care about
>> validity (conformance)?
> 
> You should care about running a validator, because it points out 
> mistakes you didn't intend to make and, thus, helps you find mistakes 
> that would otherwise be slower (i.e. more expensive) to spot.

I operate a validator for another (and related) specification, so I 
definitely know where you are coming from, but taking a look at this:

http://html5.validator.nu/?doc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

Noting that the last six errors relate to the font element, let me ask: 
how does this help "you find mistakes that would otherwise be slower 
(i.e. more expensive) to spot"?

Note: I am intentionally *not* asking about @gbcolor, @text, @link, 
@vlink, @alink, @topmargin, @marginheight, nobr, u, @width, center, 
@clear, @cellpadding, @cellspacing, @valign, @align, @nowrap or naked 
ampersands.

- Sam Ruby
Received on Monday, 15 June 2009 12:48:49 UTC

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