Re: OK to display W3C logo based on 3'rd party validator?

From: Ann Navarro (
Date: Wed, Sep 22 1999

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Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 09:33:24 -0400
To: Uriel Wittenberg <>,
From: Ann Navarro <>
Subject: Re: OK to display W3C logo based on 3'rd party validator?

At 05:45 PM 9/21/99 -0400, Uriel Wittenberg wrote:
>Liam Quinn insists I am entitled to display the W3C "valid HTML" logo
>based on validation at Is this true?

Their published FAQ on the differences between validators

says that they don't use the W3C Validator source, therefore, IMO -- no it
wouldn't be wise to do so. Their programming techniques may very well be up
to par with the W3C version, but then again, they might overlook something,
or not be as fine tuned as the W3C version (which isn't to say it's
perfect, but it's "straight from the horses mouth" as it were). 

If your desire is to use the logo, it's easy enough to use the W3C
validator. If your desire is simply to check yourself, it might work for
you as a substitute. 


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