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Re: CSS3 Validation: Property word-wrap doesn't exist : break-word

From: Jukka K. Korpela <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi>
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2009 22:37:40 +0300
Message-ID: <BD177DC6C05E4156AA0E95EC34178D1C@JukanPC>
To: <www-validator-css@w3.org>
Jules Ernst wrote:

> The CSS 3 validator however presents an unexpected error.

Since "CSS 3" is just a collection of incomplete sketchy drafts, some of 
them really sketchy, the idea of a "CSS 3 validator" is more or less absurd. 
How can you check conformance to something that does not exist as a stable 

> The CSS 3 manual says you can use:
>    Name: word-wrap
>    Value: normal | break-word
> see: http://www.w3.org/TR/css3-text/#word-wrap

It's not a manual. It's not a specification either. It's a "working draft" 
dated over a year ago, and it says:
"This is a draft document and may be updated, replaced or obsoleted by other 
documents at any time. It is inappropriate to cite this document as other 
than work in progress."

> What is wrong, the validator or the manual?

What's wrong is the very idea of a "validator" for something that has not 
been defined even informally. The "manual" is no more normative than the 
"validator", so you can say they are equally right, or equally wrong, or you 
may pick your favorite.

In practice, this was probably an oversight in trying to collect the 
properties defined in different drafts into the collection recognized by the 
"validator". Or maybe someone just didn't like word-wrap.

Yucca, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/ 
Received on Monday, 6 April 2009 19:38:28 UTC

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