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Re: Suggestion: XML-RPC functionality

From: Nick Kew <nick@webthing.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2002 06:12:16 +0000 (GMT)
To: Anthony DeLorenzo <ajdelore@sfu.ca>
cc: <www-validator@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20020201055536.O3847-100000@fenris.webthing.com>

On Tue, 29 Jan 2002, Anthony DeLorenzo wrote:

> Have you considered creating some kind of functionality for running the
> validation service as an XML-RPC function?

Site Valet has had that option for some time.

> This would be ideal for people, like me, who would like to validate
> their site using a perl script or the like.  Instead of trying to parse
> the HTML output, an XML solution would be so much tidier and efficient.

OTOH that's not really what it's intended for.  If you'd like to
use it like that on a regular basis, I think I should look for some
token contribution towards the cost of it!

> Of course, I suppose I could just run an HTML validator on my server,

Yes, I think that would be your best option if you use it a lot.
Either of Liam's options ( at www.htmlhelp.org or arealvalidator.com )
may be easier to install then the W3 validator.  Alternatively
I can offer a professional installation, and mine is the only
service that currently offers your XML option.

>    but
> AFAIK the w3 is the best for all doctypes.

That's only half-true.  It does have an extensive HTML catalogue,
but that's only really relevant to users of obscure and nonstandard
document types.  But AFAIK it doesn't even try to support non-W3
documents such as WML and the other WapForum standards (except as
XML defaults).  But any (Open)SP-based validator will in any
case support unknown document types by fetching their DTDs.

-- 
Nick Kew

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Received on Friday, 1 February 2002 01:12:21 GMT

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