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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 GMT

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