Re: Bug: at W3C HTML Validation Service

From: Lloyd Wood (
Date: Wed, Sep 29 1999

Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 13:36:43 +0100 (BST)
From: Lloyd Wood <>
To: Terje Bless <>
cc: Ole Moller <>, W3C Validator <>
Message-ID: <>
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 <> 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.


> 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?