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Re: Validity as a technique

From: Ineke van der Maat <inekemaa@xs4all.nl>
Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2005 01:15:32 +0100
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i really don't know why the discussion is so difficult sbout validity as 
level 1.
 "programmatically determined" can only be checked in validators when the 
DTD is given, because not all DTDs contain the same tags and attributes.

I even was taught that a DTD only could  be written in code when that code 
really validates to that DTD.

Besides Quality Assurance http://www.w3.org/QA/Tips/Doctype and 
Internalization also beg for DTDs for websites.. In the QA-page I can find 
this important text that is also important for accessibility:

"But the most important thing is that with most families of browsers, a 
doctype declaration will make a lot of guessing unnecessary, and will thus 
trigger a "standard" parsing mode, where the understanding (and, as a 
result, the display) of the document is not only faster, it is also 
consistent and free of any bad surprise that documents without doctype will 

Putting this all altogether it seems to me very logical that a 
validity-requirement should be in level 1.

In the in October updated Internalization page 
http://www.w3.org/International/ I found this text:
The W3C Internationalization Activity has the goal of proposing and 
coordinating any techniques, conventions, guidelines and activities within 
the W3C and together with other organizations that allow and make it easy to 
use W3C technology worldwide, with different languages, scripts, and 

Ineke van der Maat 
Received on Tuesday, 8 November 2005 00:15:32 UTC

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