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Re: Suggestion: Check elment first, attribute second

From: Nick Kew <nick@webthing.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2001 16:57:56 +0100 (BST)
To: Martin Duerst <duerst@w3.org>
cc: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.BSF.4.21.0108041637120.441-100000@fenris.webthing.com>
On Fri, 3 Aug 2001, Martin Duerst wrote:

> I guess one thing that might be worth a try is to add an option
> that lists the errors by 'seriousness', unknown elements being
> more serious than unknown attributes. But I have no idea whether
> it would be easy or difficult to order the error messages.

SP generates messages at five "severity" levels.  Code Valet uses
CSS colour codes with <??? class="error|warning|..."> to help
improve presentation to users.  Unfortunately this is of limited
use, because all validation messages have the same severity!

> For XML, another approach would be to do two checks, one for
> well-formedness and another for validation. Well-formedness
> errors are usually much more fundamental.

It can't hurt to offer that (though I'd make it a separate Form:
adding it as an option in a single form would only confuse).

> Nick, Terje, Bjoern,... what do you think?

Apart from this, we could offer to turn certain classes of warning
on or off.  Liam recently updated the WDG validator to generate a
more useful level of warnings, but didn't make it a user option
(possibly he thought it would confuse users: Liam, are you listening?)

But none of the above really gets us there.  A more thorough review
of parser messages could be on my own medium-term agenda, but I
make no promises.

Nick Kew

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