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Validator request

From: <pdf@bizfon.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 09:29:35 -0500
To: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <852568B3.004F9D2C.00@Enterprise>

I mentioned this a while ago, but never got any replies.  I was wondering why
there is no option in the validator to select which DTD to use?  Currently, you
need the Doctype line in your html code.  But what if I want to see if my code
validates as something else?  For example, if I want to see if my HTML 4
documents validate as XHTML I need to edit the document, upload it, validate it,
and then remove the change and upload the original again.  Or, what if I want to
check someone else's work to see if it validates, but they don't have the
Doctype in their file?

My suggestion is this:

On the page where you enter the URI to validate, include a checkbox that says
"Override the Doctype defined in the file with the selection below."  Then below
that would be a group of radio button options for selecting the DTD to use.  Has
anyone considered implementing a feature like this?


Peter Foti
Received on Friday, 31 March 2000 09:28:09 UTC

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