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Re: Support for Priority 2?

From: Nick Kew <nick@midgard.webthing.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2001 21:54:49 +0000 (GMT)
To: Jim Winkle <jwinkle@doit.wisc.edu>
cc: www-validator@w3.org, gerald@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.10.10101102146010.20156-100000@midgard.webthing.com>
On Wed, 10 Jan 2001, Jim Winkle wrote:

> Hi --
> 
> I'm in the process of making a website conform to Priority 2 
> (conformance level AA). It appears to me that the Validator 
> service does only Priority 1,

The two services are fundamentally different.  The Validator is a formally
rigorous test of HTML correctness, whereas Bobby is a set of essentially
ad-hoc tests of conformance to a diverse range of accessibility criteria.

> doesn't.  Is this correct? Is there a way to turn on Priority 2 
> checking with Validator as there is with Bobby?

Yes and no.

You can validate for accessibility at a more demanding level by declaring
a stricter DTD in your documents.  The WDG DTD[1] is designed for
accessibility, and is probably the nearest thing to "level 2" you'll
get from a validator at present.  The Page Valet[2] integrates that into
a validator similar to the W3C service.

[1] http://www.htmlhelp.org/design/dtd/
[2] http://valet.wething.com/page/

-- 
Nick Kew
Received on Wednesday, 10 January 2001 16:54:55 GMT

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