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Re: [Bug 1793] xml report: outline

From: olivier Thereaux <ot@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2006 10:56:58 +0900
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To: Roberto Scano - IWA/HWG <rscano@iwa-italy.org>

Dear Roberto,

On Oct 31, 2006, at 18:38 , Roberto Scano - IWA/HWG wrote:
> Why now is less important for W3C to show the outline of an HTML page?

Please don't write such false and sensationalistic claim without  
proof, or without actually researching the facts.

Have you read the message quoted in the bug discussion?
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-validator/2006Oct/0084

If you have, you will know that:

* the validator is migrating to a new library, which will have big  
benefits for validation.

* One side effect of this switch is the loss of the outline feature  
in the validator.

* however, we have a tool that does outlining, and more, and better:
http://www.w3.org/2003/12/semantic-extractor.html

For the reasons above, I am reluctant to spend coding time trying to  
put the outline feature back in the validator - I'd rather spend our  
limited resources on making a better validator. The tool is also open  
source, and I have seen no developer jumping in and proposing to help  
with coding the feature back.

As a mid-term plan, we are working on the "Unicorn" tool, a universal  
checker that aggregates observations from different tools. In that  
perspective, it makes more sense to have separate tools that do one  
thing and do it well, rather than try to cram every and any feature  
into the markup validator, at the expense of its main task.

Thank you,
-- 
olivier
Received on Wednesday, 1 November 2006 01:57:31 GMT

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