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Re: W3C CSS validation service - un-encoded ampersands

From: Jukka K. Korpela <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi>
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 18:52:57 +0300
Message-ID: <000D19CEF26541489EB39AD2FEF8F705@JukanPC>
To: <www-validator-css@w3.org>
David Dorward wrote:

>> The link that the site gave me:
>> http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/validator?profile=css21&warning=0&uri=http%3A%2F%2Fnbr4mm.co.uk%2F7316573%2F
> Another one?
> A lot of people don't seem to understand the difference between a URI
> and a fragment of HTML.

So it seems. Even _answers_ to people's question about this on the list 
confuse things. A URL is not a link. (Talking about URIs is just pointless; 
it serves no other purpose than confusion among normal people.) And a link 
is not just "a fragment of HTML" but an HTML element.

> Can the system switch to ; (as per
> http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/appendix/notes.html#h-B.2.2 ) which will
> hopefully put an end to these issues?

That would generate additional confusion, since the ";" convention, no 
matter how wise as such, did not become widely accepted. Mentioning it, or 
maybe even using it, could make people try to use it between parameters in 
the > 99 % of cases where it just doesn't work.

A simple way to put an end to these issues, as well as solving many other 
problems as well, would be to stop telling authors about validation icons 
and validation links.

Yucca, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/ 
Received on Tuesday, 30 March 2010 15:55:13 UTC

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