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♦Re: Should validity be P1 or P2? (was RE: summary of resolutions from last 2 days)

From: Sailesh Panchang <spanchang02@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2005 19:34:16 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <20050622023416.79378.qmail@web80901.mail.scd.yahoo.com>
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Last week I gave an example of a complex data table  
marked up with headers and id- apparently OK at first sight.
But as the values of id attribute  were not unique on the page, the page failed validity test.
Screen readers and self voicing browsers  did not forgive this lapse and  did not 
associate data cells and header cells as expected.
How would one regard this problem? "Alittle problem" from a validity standpoint?
Accessibility eval tools do not  check for validity problems that result in accessibility  problems.
So if one does not validate the page before running it through an accessibility eval tool, the problem will go undetected.
It is high time that validity be taken more seriously.
It is only in authoring Web content invalid code or syntactically  incorrect code is acceptable. 
Other programming languages do not allow even a missing comma or semi colon, etc. The same standards need to be enforced here now.
Sailesh Panchang
Deque Systems www.deque.com
Reston VA
spanchang02@yahoo.com


		
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