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Bug: non-working page validates successfully

From: Richard Bingham <R.Bingham@ed.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 06:32:09 -0400 (EDT)
To: <www-validator@w3.org>
Message-ID: <B70B13D8.60E%R.Bingham@ed.ac.uk>
AFAIK the use of a space character in a URI is illegal, and although
Internet Explorer copes with pages containing space characters in links,
Netscape doesn't.  So I might have expected the Validator to spot pages
containing these space characters and report them as an error.  However
http://www.scottish-photographic-federation.org/ validates as "no errors",
yet contains <IMG SRC="spf heading colour.GIF" (etc.) which results in
Netscape failing to display that image, although IE can see it.

To add to my woes, that same page fails to work properly on a Mac using
either Netscape or IE: I can only use the drop down menus on that page by
using a PC.  I guess it is unfair to expect the Validator to detect a page
that fails on Macintoshes, but nevertheless it lulls the designer of that
page into a sense of false security if his page shows no errors in the
Validator.

Richard
Received on Thursday, 26 April 2001 05:15:01 GMT

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