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Re: [Bug] XHTML Strict Minimal document

From: Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2000 13:56:56 -0400 (EDT)
To: Terje Bless <link@tss.no>
cc: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>, Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>, www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.10.10010241329310.4608-100000@server.htmlhelp.com>
On Tue, 24 Oct 2000, Terje Bless wrote:

> Bjoern Hoehrmann wrote:
> > Agreed. I think we should think about how to implement these error messages.
> > Liam Quinn patched SP [1] to generate more helpful error messages for his
> > validator; I'm currently translating these error messages into german. Terje
> > said several times that he has to do something about these error messages to.
> > Maybe this is the right time to discuss this issue.
> Switching to lq-nsgmls (Liam's version) should be about as quick if
> anyone wants to look into that (Gerald, weren't you already considering
> this?). My concerns with this approach is that SP has to be recompiled
> every time you want to change a message and only one language can be
> used at a time (AFAIK, Liam?)

Yes, SP is limited to one language at a time, and you need to recompile
whenever changing a message.  It'd be simple (but somewhat ugly) to have
separate binaries of (lq-)nsgmls for each language.  It should also be
possible to hack SP's message system to support multiple languages, but
I'm not sure if this is worthwhile as the advantage--being able to quickly
update the parser for all languages--seems to be outweighed by the
disadvantage--making it harder to integrate future changes from the
one-language SP.

> plus it leaves us with a divergen version
> of SP.

FWIW, the changes for lq-nsgmls are at
<http://www.htmlhelp.com/tools/validator/src/sp-1.3.4/>.  There are only a
few files that differ, and you can leave behind my URLStorage changes if
you like (those changes add support for name-based virtual hosts when
fetching DTDs).


Liam Quinn
Received on Tuesday, 24 October 2000 13:57:17 UTC

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