Re: Abuse of the W3 Logo

From: Gerald Oskoboiny (
Date: Tue, Sep 28 1999

Date: Tue, 28 Sep 1999 20:29:45 -0400
From: Gerald Oskoboiny <>
To: Kynn Bartlett <>
Cc: Michael Gade <>,
Message-ID: <>
Subject: Re: Abuse of the W3 Logo

On Tue, Sep 28, 1999 at 04:45:04PM -0700, Kynn Bartlett wrote:
> At 04:46 PM 9/28/1999 , Michael Gade wrote:
> >If this kind of abuse is allowed, then people will loose the confidence they
> >should have that W3 can handle the HTML specs.
> >I am not surprised to hear that you can't access it. The W3 validator
> >reports Error 403 Access Denied, when you run it with
> No, they'll lose confidence in the companies that are lying.  There's
> no way the W3C can _police_ for abuse, nor can they issue lawsuits
> or the like to force compliance.

I thought a fun thing to do one day if this kind of thing gets
out of hand would be to change the image files (e.g., vh40.gif)
to be CGI scripts that check the referring document for mistakes
and return a different image depending on the results: a valid
HTML icon for pages that validate, and something else for those
that don't.

I probably won't get around to it, but it's kind of a fun idea.

Gerald Oskoboiny       <>  +1 617 253 2920
System Administrator
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)