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Help Wanted: New Name/Interface for "Fussy" Parse Mode

From: Terje Bless <link@pobox.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2003 20:26:08 +0200
To: W3C Validator <www-validator@w3.org>
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As feedback is predominantly that the term «fussy» is unfortunate in many ways
— obscure, inaccurate, unfamiliar to non-native readers, excessively «geeky»,
and with unfortunate connotations; seems to be the general consensus — I would
very much like to see suggestions for new names for this feature.

The concept it should get across, in two or preferably a single word, is that
of applying stricter, perhaps excessively so, rules; that does use still the
process of validation, but without implying anything about the formal validity
or lack of it in the results.

I.e. «Strict Validation» is right out. As is probably just the word «Strict»,
but it does not rule out using «Strict» in combination with another word.
«Validation» itself is, uhm, unlikely to work, unless you manage to convey
«Non-Validation» without implying that it is «a mere lint» (for want of a
better way to phrase it).

In a similar vein, it would be prudent to make sure the user interface for
this feature helps get across its function. IOW, it should be sufficiently
prominent that users will notice it, but it should not be so «in your face»
that it will encourage them to think that it supersedes the normal Validation.

Current code — post Beta #1 — uses a single checkbox in the form on the front
page. This probably falls into the «too in your face» category. However,
moving it entirely into the «Extended Form» page is likely to make it
inaccessible to those that would benefit the most from it.

If anyone can suggest a happy middle ground here it would help tremendously.

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