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RE: Problems with validating <table> elements

From: Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2001 14:29:58 -0400 (EDT)
To: Frank Leahy <leahy@lycos-inc.com>
cc: <www-validator@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.33L2.0110081423180.6825-100000@localhost.localdomain>
On Mon, 8 Oct 2001, Frank Leahy wrote:

> Right.  The purpose of running the validator is to find problems during
> development, and dropped </td> and </tr> tags are the kinds of things that
> need to be caught because they could be indicators of bigger problems with
> the site.  And running Tidy, as Masayasu has suggested, doesn't help at all.

You could use XHTML (which requires the ending tags) or use a custom DTD
based on HTML 4 but with </td> and </tr> required.

> And while someone's at it it would be great if it were possible to turn off
> the &entity; checking in urls -- no one needs to be told that
> "/foo.asp?a=b&c=d" has an uknown entity &c (and the suggestion to replace
> all & with &amp; in urls not the correct response :-)

Why is that not the correct response?  If you have
"/foo.asp?a=b&section=2", then Netscape 3.x will treat "&sect" as the
section sign, which probably isn't the intended result.

Using "/foo.asp?a=b&amp;section=2" is both valid and more reliable among
browsers.  Browsers translate "&amp;" to "&" before sending the request to
the server.

Liam Quinn
Received on Monday, 8 October 2001 14:30:02 UTC

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