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when using validator is not sensible

From: Yuri Generalov <yuri@cactus-books.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2001 10:10:20 -0400 (EDT)
Message-Id: <200108091410.f79EA3S27301@host.cactus-mall.com>
To: www-validator@w3.org
Hello list,

I am trying to use valid HTML (or XHTML) on all sites I build. However, I more
and more doubt if I should continue using it.

For me, the process of building valid code is largely a struggle between two
things which sometimes can not exist together: valid code and interoperable
web page. No, this is not a mistake. In my experience, using validator to check
for code validity and picking out all of invalid code meant loosing interoperability
and finally, when validator said "Congratulations..." my webpages showed up
differently in different browsers.

This is probably because different browsers handle HTML and CSS differently.
Naturally, I want my pages appear in all browsers similarily, but I have to sacrifice
this in favour of valid HTML.

Most web designers I know, used to check their webpages to properly appear in
IE3+, NN3+, Opera and Mozilla. So did I. The code was invalid, but interoperable.
Now, when I use validator, I have valid but not interoperable code.

Just a thought.

Yuri Generalov,
Received on Thursday, 16 August 2001 11:51:21 UTC

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