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Re: [ANN] W3C Markup Validator 0.6.5 Beta #1 - "Zeldman Made Us Do It!" - Is Released!

From: Jim Ley <jim@jibbering.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2003 17:50:30 -0000
To: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <bilfdj$bkt$1@sea.gmane.org>


"Jukka K. Korpela" <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi> wrote in message
news:Pine.GSO.4.50.0308282022510.23326-100000@korppi.cs.tut.fi...
>
> On Thu, 28 Aug 2003, Jim Ley wrote:
>
> > The Beta validator is also trying to be helpful in the tag-soup world we
> > actually author pages within, where being valid, can still be a bad
choice,
> > because so many User Agents get it wrong.
>
> The intent is obvious. But isn't it equally obvious that such checks are
> not the job of a validator?

Not of a validator in an SGML sense no, but v.w3.org is more than that, it's
wrong to be doing Fussy in default mode though, and it's wrong to make the
claim that "is not valid FOO".

It's a useful tool to have as part of a QA process - in web authoring QA,
automatically testing against known situations in buggy UA's is helpful.  In
fussy mode the validator only needs to change 1 word IMHO, and it's doing
nothing wrong in (the word being "valid" to something like sensible/good or
something).

Jim.
Received on Thursday, 28 August 2003 13:50:44 GMT

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