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Re: validator highlighting

From: Nick Kew <nick@webthing.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2001 12:15:10 +0000 (GMT)
To: The Shannon Family <goondog@eircom.net>
cc: www-validator@w3.org, gerald@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.BSF.4.21.0102021202410.533-100000@fenris.webthing.com>
On Thu, 1 Feb 2001, The Shannon Family wrote:

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> Could the validation output be prioritized - i.e. the most glaring
 problems at the top and in red text, then less important mistakes
 further down.

In a word - no.  The validator has no concept of glaring or trivial
errors: all it's telling you is right or wrong.

You can get prioritised error messages with heuristic analysis
(e.g. with Bobby), or with formal SGML parsing using SP or the
Code Valet (which allows highlighting of different levels of
parser message in colours using the stylesheet).  But neither of
these is HTML validation as such (the Code Valet will of course
do HTML validation, but unless you do something clever, all HTML
errors will be shown at exactly the same error level).

Nick Kew
Received on Friday, 2 February 2001 07:20:53 UTC

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