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From: Gladney Oakley <gladney@angelfire.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2001 00:06:50 -0400 (EDT)
To: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <OBGDNCFDLOLCBAAA@angelfire.com>

    gerald@w3.org

Sir, 
 The new HTML Validation Service Results
page is a fine improvement.

However I did experience two difficulties:

1) In the following diagnostic

      Line <a href="#line-294">294</a>, column 50:

    the 294 was correct but the column count was not ...
	Here is the line as the Validator presented it
    <a name="line-294"> 294</a>:    &#60;/p&#62;&#60;P class=&#34;jm20&#34;&#62;Light of the Sanctuary, the Occult Diary of Geoffrey Hodson&#60;/strong&#62;
    more correctly here it is from my file
   </p><P class="jm20">Light of the Sanctuary, the Occult Diary of Geoffrey Hodson</strong>

The following would have been correct
      Line <a href="#line-294">294</a>, column 83:

------------------------------

2)   I have not used the terms offered to indicate a Character Encoding
     as among the 33 choices offered none are applicable.

     This official (and erroneous) quote
        "The two most obvious encodings store Unicode text as
         sequences of either 2 or 4 bytes sequences.  The official
         terms for these encodings are UCS-2 and UCS-4 respectively."
     will serve to introduce the problem ...
     I use Monobyte Unicode, I think UCS-1 is a fair name
	 and neither this encoding nor this name are offered.

     Monobyte Unicode is simpler than UCS-n where n is greater than 1.

	 I suggest that the following provides adequate signage:

     <META http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=ucs-1">

     but leave the nomenclature problem to you, B-Lee and the W3 committees.

     A document encoded in UCS-1
     uses only the lower 128 code positions
	 so it is easily readable by Unix, MacIntosh and WIntel machines 
     and there is no limit on the number of Glyphs that
	 can be referenced.

     A document encoded in UCS-1
     has the additional property that it is backward compatible  with
	 venerable software and operating systems.

     Unfortunately the "UCS" label is  associated with
     Multiple-Octet Coded sets, but that is not my concern
	 and it is rectifiable by those who have made the mistake.
     UCS-1 is an essentially unused label and the character
	 set/encoding which I use it to designate is robust.

     Perhaps
     <META http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=ucs-1">
     will find acceptance by the W3 Validator one day. ?

     Perhaps you can suggest an improvement?

sinxerely,

Gladney Oakley



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