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Why does this validate?

From: Richard Savill <dreklind@btinternet.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 1999 17:25:42 -0400 (EDT)
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<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
<table summary="a_test_of_TD_width_att">
<td width="OK_buddy_I_want_50%_width">Test</td>


Below are the results of attempting to parse this document with an SGML

    No errors found!
 Congratulations, this document validates as HTML 4.0 Transitional!


Most obvious is that the parser doesn't recognise the 'blahblahblah' in the

Second, in any case, percentage is illegal according to even the
transitional DTD. I can't find where percentage is allowed here. Maybe I'm
reading it wrong.

Yet people use %, and render it in browsers. What's the deal here?

Richard Savill
The Jazz Age Page
Received on Friday, 24 September 1999 17:34:06 UTC

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