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Re: Links to "Invalid Page"?

From: Olivier Thereaux <ot@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2003 16:27:20 +0900
Cc: "www-validator@w3.org" <www-validator@w3.org>
To: "manne-king.com" <sales@manne-king.com>
Message-Id: <94E5B61A-C8A8-11D7-A151-000393A63FC8@w3.org>

Greetings Mike.

On Saturday, Aug 2, 2003, at 13:11 Asia/Tokyo, manne-king.com wrote:
> My page validated at the W3C site and the logo has been pasted on my 
> page.

Out of curiosity, by whom was the logo pasted on your page? Yourself?

> The address of the logo is:  http://validator.w3.org/check/referer

The logo is a link pointing to this resource, yes.

> That is a bad page.

We would be happy to have more details on why you think it is a "bad 
page"? If it is because the logo points to a resource used to 
revalidate the page?

> Shouldn't that be changed to lead to an "Explanation of
> the hard work to get validated and what it means" page?

The logo is available for Web authors to make a claim about the 
validity of their Web pages and provide an easy way to revalidate it. 
Whether it is better than a resource explaining the interest of 
validation has repeatedly been the cause of heated and emotional 
debate, which I would rather not start again.

You may, however, be happy to learn that a resource explaining the 
_basics_ of validation
is being created, and that it will be linked from the "this page is 
(not) valid" banner.

In the meantime, I don't think I need to remind you that, as the owner 
of your Web page, you do not *have to* use the "valid" icon if what it 
links to bothers you...

> Please respond to this e-mail...I wouldn't know where else to look for 
> this
> answer.

Are you looking for the answer to "why is validation important?".
The W3C Markup Validator [1], as well fellow validators Site Valet [2] 
and the WDG's HTML validator all offer some kind of answer:
[1] http://validator.w3.org/docs/help.html#why-validate
[2] http://valet.webthing.com/page/why.html
[3] http://www.htmlhelp.com/tools/validator/reasons.html

I hope this answers your query.
Olivier Thereaux - W3C - QA : http://www.w3.org/QA/
http://www.w3.org/People/olivier | http://yoda.zoy.org
Received on Thursday, 7 August 2003 03:27:23 UTC

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