Date: Fri, 10 Mar 95 17:43:02 CST From: Tim Pierce <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: Browsers and syntax errors (Was: Captions for Figures... Message-Id: <CMM.email@example.com> Jim Hurley said: > Steinar Bang <firstname.lastname@example.org>: > > >Making browsers forgiving about HTML syntax errors, instead of giving > >good user feedback, is probably the gravest error committed by the > >browser writers. > > I think I disagree. It follows from the network pricipal of being > liberally in what ones accepts and cautious in what one sends. Thus, the server should not be as laissez-faire as modern servers are about serving broken HTML. > If casual users where made aware of every problem in the document and > every glitch in the network that occurred while viewing, the Web might > not be the success story it is. Not many people really care that > much about these things. You're right that few people care about this. That's part of why I question your assertion that the Web is a success story. Maybe it is in terms of making the Internet look like a fun 'n' fancy tool for the unwashed masses, but I hesitate to call that "success." > Individual homepages are not necessarily the best examples to pick on > when it comes to sloppy or abusive markup, professional people > are sometimes even more abusive when they try to make HTML a > publishing tool and spend all their time achieving the right look and > forgetting that they should be providing information. Enthusiastically agreed.