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Re: Shaming compaines into improving their HTML

From: Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com>
Date: Thu, 24 May 2001 21:58:16 -0700 (PDT)
To: Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
cc: <www-validator@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0105242148200.945-100000@localhost.localdomain>
On Thu, 24 May 2001, Kynn Bartlett wrote:

> At 04:33 PM 5/24/2001 , Bjoern Hoehrmann wrote:
> >I think it's a very simple reason: If you don't code properly,
> >your pages won't show up.
> Except they do.  What is the motivation for making those pages suddenly
> NOT show up?

Speaking as a developer of a non-mainstream browser, I have to say time
and money.  There is considerable effort required to write a browser that
displays the poor Web pages out there.  I have faced down many bug reports
specifically about our browser's inability to handle some horrendous HTML.
It would be much faster and cheaper if I could just ignore those reports
and spend more time making the browser better for real HTML.

If the mainstream browser vendor decided that it would only accept valid
HTML, then development of Web browsers would be much simpler for the
entire industry.  So there is little motivation for the mainstream browser

Liam Quinn
Received on Friday, 25 May 2001 00:57:50 UTC

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