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Re: w3c and apache team

From: Thanasis Kinias <tkinias@optimalco.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2002 17:52:27 -0700
To: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
Cc: Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com>, www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <20020814005226.GA4551@optimalco.com>

scripsit Bjoern Hoehrmann:
> 
> * Liam Quinn wrote:
> >I don't think it makes sense for the Validator to check unsuccessful
> >responses since this almost always indicates an incorrect URL.  To check a
> >404 error page, you can use the file upload form.
> 
> I disagree and actually I have requested this feature some time ago, see
> http://www.w3.org/2002/02/mid/89jn1uk63k59dsvan57sn7nb2i6cf91aip@4ax.com
> 
> Using the file upload form is in general possible, but rather
> uncomfortable, if a simple switch could enable such feature in the
> validator. Consider e.g. dynamically generated error messages.

FWIW, I would have to agree with Björn on this from an end-user
perspective.  _Normally_ I would want a validator simply to return an
error if it gets a 404, but a switch (like the DOCTYPE and charset
overrides) to validate 403/404/whatever error pages would be quite
useful.  What would be problematic would be validating the 404 page by
default, as it could be confusing to get the ``No errors found!'' result
when I've miskeyed a URL.

-- 
Thanasis Kinias
Web Developer, Information Technology
Graduate Student, Department of History
Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona, U.S.A.

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