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correct code - impaired presentation

From: Thomas Frovin Jensen <thomas@frovin.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2000 06:20:19 -0500 (EST)
Message-ID: <38B513C2.25FB3A2D@frovin.com>
To: www-validator@w3.org
I have recently discovered the usefulness of HTML - validators. However
there is one aspect that bothers me. It is possible to write a page with
correct HTML that looks awfull on the screen, or rather looks nice in MS
Internet Explorer, but is corrupted in Netscape Navigator. The problem
is, which I think we all know, that Microsoft went so far in
'userfriendliness' that even if your HTML code is not completely correct
Explorer attempt to show what was intended. Very 'friendly' to less
professional code writers but leading to bad habits like "If its works
in Explorer it is OK" Or 'not testing your page's performance in other
It takes time to debug code that does not perform well in some browsers,
particularly when several often nested tables are used, and over time
old tricks to tame browsers' handling of tables as a layout mechanisms
may cause troubles, particularly in the transition period towards new
language generations.
Does anybody know any existing 'layout' validators, since this seems to
be a sore point for many web-people? I do not think of software that
emulates all known browsers for visual inspection. Do you believe that
this is a real problem that needs more effort or do you expect it to be
solved by language development?

pls respond directly.

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