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RE: validator barfs on Netscape Composer output

From: Bart Szyszka <bart@gigabee.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2000 00:35:55 -0500
To: "Phil Burk" <philburk@softsynth.com>, <www-validator@w3.org>
> I use Netscape Composer to edit my web pages. I tried to use the W3C
> validator to look for broken links on my web site. But unfortunately,
> the W3C validator generated a HUGE number of errors for my page. So many
> errors, in fact, that I have more doubts about the validator than I do
> about the Netscape editor.
I have doubts about your code. I'd be nice if you would post an URL.

> Once I got past that hurdle, the validator complained about having COLS
> in my table tag. It also complained about stuff like size=+1. Now maybe
> this stuff is technically illegal but the web pages seem to work.
Size="+1" is supported. You probably need the quotes, however isn't it about
time you started learning CSS? And handcoding for that matter? I don't think
you'll be able to find a recommendation for Netscape Composer from any
reputable source. It simply isn't good at producing proper code.

> 2) beat up Netscape to stop them from PRODUCING illegal code in their
> Composer,
You can give them a big punch just by not using the product.

> 3) provide a "forgiving" or "non-anal" option in the validator that
> passes commonly used code that is technically illegal. Only report truly
> broken stuff.
Why? Writing proper code is incredibly easy. HTML is a very simple 
language. It would be anal of the validator to be any looser than it is now. If
you want to write HTML4 code (which you seem to want to do as indicated
by your DOCTYPE), then follow its rules. The validator only makes sure that
your document follows HTML4 in that situation. Nothing more and nothing

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