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Re: Table Validation

From: Terje Bless <link@tss.no>
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2001 12:34:30 +0100
To: Nick Kew <nick@webthing.com>
cc: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <20010227123456-r01010600-04f46556@10.0.0.2>
On 27.02.01 at 11:10, Nick Kew <nick@webthing.com> wrote:

>On Tue, 27 Feb 2001, Terje Bless wrote:
>
>>Slippery slope!

Nice summation. :-)


>IMO the slippery slope only starts when a document that would *fail*
>validation to any appropriate W3C standard *passes* validation to
>a custom DTD.
>
>Merely requiring some closing tags that W3C makes optional doesn't cause
>you to cross that threshold.  So I stand by my comment: the original
>questioner can accomplish what he asked for without losing formal
>validation.

Yes. As a document author I see no problem with doing this. In fact I
commonly encourage custom DTDs and tools that support them. _But_ this is a
technique for document authors and not for Validators. Once the Validators
make judgement calls about what DTD you /really/ meant, it's no longer a
validator but rather a mere "lint". Bertilo's suggestion to move to XHTML
is a better idea in this particular case.
Received on Tuesday, 27 February 2001 06:35:05 GMT

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