Re: Fw: end tags... (fwd)

Peter Flynn (pflynn@curia.ucc.ie)
23 Sep 1996 15:04:30 +0100


Date: 23 Sep 1996 15:04:30 +0100
From: Peter Flynn <pflynn@curia.ucc.ie>
Subject: Re: Fw: end tags... (fwd)
In-reply-to: <199609230644.XAA12617@server.livingston.com> (message from
To: megazone@livingston.com
Cc: www-html@w3.org
Message-id: <199609231404.PAA02385@curia.ucc.ie>

   I have yet to see any browser that functions as a solid validator.
   MSIE and NS most certainly do *NOT* do good validation.  

   This is not to be unexpected.  Browsers are meant to display things
   to the user, and most users don't want to deal with a browser refusing
   to handle a page becuase the author has cocked it up.  So browsers are
   not written to be strict - they attempt error recovery to different
   degrees.  It is an art of compromise.

Longterm readers here and in html-wg will recall the suggestion that a
properly parsing browser could be configured to mail a list of errors
for offending broken HTML files back to the author (if identified in
LINK) or the webmaster at wherever the file came from. Soon put a stop
to garbage in HTML files :-)

///Peter