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FW: The Browsers and Validation

From: Kevin Berkheiser <KBerk@Bigfoot.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 20:25:11 -0500 (EST)
To: www-validator@w3.org
Message-id: <000301be4993$d4f50480$0200a8c0@mimbar>
Comments anyone?

-----Original Message-----
From: ptorr@vantsys.com.au [mailto:ptorr@vantsys.com.au] 
Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 1999 18:27
To: Kevin Berkheiser
Subject: RE: The Browsers and Validation

Hi Kevin,

>Perhaps the useragents can read the doctype to determine weather to
>standards in the rendering.  At least then, authors could write HTML 4
>tables for example as long as they used the HTML 4 doctype.  If a Netscape
>table was used, the they should not use the HTML 4 doctype.

The trouble is that people are putting out HTML 4 documents now that adhere
to the HTML specification (in so far as they are syntactically correct) but
are using "fudges" to make tables (and other items) look "correct" in the
non-standard browsers. So even this approach will not work. Maybe the
browser could use this as a heuristic (and ask the user what to do), but I
still think there needs to be some manual over-ride, possibly coupled with
a new META tag or something. Of course, any new META tag would be open to
abuse just as the rest of the spec is now, but anyway...

Peter Torr, Applications Developer
Vantage Systems - Making Time Pay
Received on Wednesday, 27 January 1999 01:33:24 UTC

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