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Re: Error reporting (Re: Error numbering)

From: Nick Kew <nick@webthing.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2001 12:32:29 +0100 (BST)
To: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
cc: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.BSF.4.21.0108091217220.282-100000@fenris.webthing.com>
On Tue, 7 Aug 2001, Bjoern Hoehrmann wrote:

> >> Because OL is visually noisy and I'm not entirely convinced it would be a
> >> win. OTOH, I'm not entirely convinced a list is the proper form for the
> >> output so YMMV. :-)
> >
> >I agree: I don't really like list.
> I'm very curious to know how you mark up a ordered list of errors in
> HTML. _I_ thought the "ordered list" element (mnemonic 'ol') would be
> appropriate but maybe this solution is too obvious to be correct...

OK, let me jump in feet-first here.

This message follows a format typical of newsgroups and mailinglists.
It comprises an ordered list of blockquotes and paragraphs.

So presumably when it gets converted to HTML by the w3c's list archiving
software, it should be marked up using <ol>?  Or maybe not!
As Terje pointed out, the fact that one construct is technically
correct doesn't necessarily make it the best choice for the job.

ObPedant: In the case of the W3 validator, ordered list wouldn't even
be technically correct, since various auxiliary messages ( ... was
defined here .... start tag was here ... ) are (wrongly) listed as
separate items, and also mess up the order.  Of course, I should now
insert another plug for my fix to that problem ;-)

Nick Kew

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