Re: Processing instructions for style tweaks? (HTML validation)

Dave Foulser (foulser@zymurgy.boston.sgi.com)
Tue, 13 Dec 1994 11:48:46 -0500


Date: Tue, 13 Dec 1994 11:48:46 -0500
From: foulser@zymurgy.boston.sgi.com (Dave Foulser)
Message-Id: <199412131648.LAA01909@zymurgy.boston.sgi.com>
To: glenn@stonehand.com
Cc: www-html@www0.cern.ch
In-Reply-To: Glenn Adams's message of Tue, 13 Dec 1994 16:15:10 +0100 <9412131425.AA01109@trubetzkoy.metis.com>
Subject: Re: Processing instructions for style tweaks? (HTML validation)

|| I still think that servers should validate their documents prior to
|| transmitting them, thus relieving browsers of the burden [of course
|| some minimal error detection recover will still be necessary in the
|| browser, but not full validation capabilities.]
|| 
|| Regards,
|| Glenn Adams

I agree that servers should serve valid HTML, but disagree that they
should contain validation code. You only need to validate a piece of
HTML once, whereas you typically serve it many more times. Thus I'd
suggest a three-pronged approach:

1. validation tool for hand-written HTML
2. HTML editors with validation capabilities
3. correctly written HTML code generators for database filtering

In any case you can always run the output through (1) to make sure
it's OK before putting on the server.

Let's try to keep the server light weight, too.

Dave

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