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Re: On Improving Validation Error Messages

From: Gannon J. Dick <gdick@verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 3 Dec 2002 15:26:33 -0600
Message-ID: <003301c29b12$a730e030$6ad42e04@home2>
To: <www-validator@w3.org>

I respectfully disagree.  The validator is not display validation, it's a
content validation.

Had you used a WAI aware (like Page Valet) validator it would have suggested
'external stylesheets' and thereby tipped you off as to the problem.


--Gannon J. Dick
----- Original Message -----
From: "Laurie D. Mann" <ldm16@fcas.pitt.edu>
To: <www-validator@w3.org>
Sent: Tuesday, December 03, 2002 1:19 PM
Subject: On Improving Validation Error Messages


>
> 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
>
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