Re: Bug: at W3C HTML Validation Service

From: Lloyd Wood (L.Wood@surrey.ac.uk)
Date: Wed, Sep 29 1999


Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 13:36:43 +0100 (BST)
From: Lloyd Wood <L.Wood@surrey.ac.uk>
To: Terje Bless <link@tss.no>
cc: Ole Moller <olm@chaos.dk>, W3C Validator <www-validator@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.4.02.9909291331250.13092-100000@petra.ee.surrey.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: Bug: at W3C HTML Validation Service

On Wed, 29 Sep 1999, Terje Bless wrote:

> On 29.09.99 at 05:11, Ole Moller <olm@chaos.dk> wrote:
> 
> >1) I was one </td> short at a moment but the validator didnt complain.
> 
> End tag for TD is optional. You are implicitly closing it.

Practically speaking, this doesn't appear to work for nested tables in
Real Browsers, where </td> must be present to give the desired output.
(Yes, nested tables are a display hack and a great way to crash
 browsers. But ye gods, they're common.)

If tables are nested, IMO it would be sensible for the validator to be
more stringent or issue a warning here.

L.

> It's possible the validator could/should be improved to handle the
> situation better, but the above to errors are "correct" AFAIK, so the reply
> is "don't do that then". :-)
> 
> 
> Can anyone think of a better way to report these things?

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