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On Improving Validation Error Messages

From: Laurie D. Mann <ldm16@fcas.pitt.edu>
Date: Tue, 3 Dec 2002 14:19:15 -0500
Message-ID: <C0F53389CE14D511907400B0D0AAE4EF0144C516@mail.fcas.pitt.edu>
To: "'www-validator@w3.org'" <www-validator@w3.org>

I use your validation tool constantly and really appreciate it.

However...

I wish that the validation error messages would provide useful
information beyond "there is no attribute FOO"

I've been struggling for months to make some pages validate.
I have been setting

    leftmargin="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" topmargin="0"

in the body tags to make the pages look the way the designer 
wanted them.  While I understand that these attributes started 
off as IE extensions of HTML, every current browser I've tested
these pages with interpret these settings correctly.

Today, I finally did a search in www.comp.authoring.html to
see if anyone else has fixed this problem.  And they had:

     Create the following definition in the CSS file:

        html, body {
           margin: 0;
           padding: 0;}

It would have been enormously helpful for this information to
appear as part of validation output.  The fix is quite trivial,
and now not only do the pages validate but they look the way
the designer had intended!


Laurie D. T. Mann, Web Developer        ***        urop@pitt.edu
Office of Experiential Learning   ***   http://www.pitt.edu/~urop
Thaw Hall B4   ***   4-5756    ***   Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Received on Tuesday, 3 December 2002 14:20:36 GMT

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