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Re: Make Microsoft follow the spec.

From: Frank Boumphrey <bckman@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 12:01:25 -0500
Message-ID: <016301c0a1a8$163dcb20$4ccf79a5@preferreduser>
To: "Zoltan Hawryluk" <zoltan@netcom.ca>, <www-style@w3.org>
<zoltan>Why are you relying on your browser to force you to write good
code?  IMHO,
a standard states how the code should be written to do a specific
task, not
what happens if a person writes code badly.</zoltan>

Actually I write XHTML, and validate against the DTD using an XML
validating parser, so I KNOW that my pages are Valid.

, I use a
> validator or HTML Tidy ... these are tools designed to be used to
check

Tidy is a great tool. Don't over look the W3C's validators at
http://validator.w3.org

Frank
----- Original Message -----
From: "Zoltan Hawryluk" <zoltan@netcom.ca>
To: <www-style@w3.org>
Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2001 10:40 AM
Subject: RE: Make Microsoft follow the spec.


>
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: www-style-request@w3.org [mailto:www-style-request@w3.org]On
> > Behalf Of Frank Boumphrey
> > Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2001 9:23 AM
> > To: Jeffrey Yasskin; www-style@w3.org
> > Subject: Re: Make Microsoft follow the spec.
> >
> >
> > As a web surfer, I'd rather use a browser that doesn't blow up
when an
> > > author forgets a </td> or mistypes a ':'
> >
> > But as a developer I would much rather use a browser that _forces_
me
> > to write good code.
>
> Hmmm ... Interesting statement.
>
> My $0.02 on this:
>
> Why are you relying on your browser to force you to write good code?
IMHO,
> a standard states how the code should be written to do a specific
task, not
> what happens if a person writes code badly.
>
> As a developer myself, if I want to make sure I write good HTML, I
use a
> validator or HTML Tidy ... these are tools designed to be used to
check
> code.  I don't think a browser should be that tool.  It will make
the
> browser more bloated than it already is - and a browser isn't a
debugger.
>
> Don't get me wrong ... following the spec for HTML, CSS, etc is very
> important for browser manufacturers to do ... but a browser
developer can't
> be held responsible for what happens if code given to the browser is
bad -
> the spec doesn't say "the browser should do this if this bad code is
given".
>
> You give garbage in, you get garbage out.
>
> Zoltan.
>
>
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