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Re: Help Wanted: Test Cases for "Fussy" Mode

From: Philip TAYLOR [PC336/H-XP] <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2003 20:42:30 +0100
Message-ID: <3F50FE26.41A909C7@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
To: Terje Bless <link@pobox.com>
Cc: W3C Validator <www-validator@w3.org>

Terje Bless wrote:

> Also welcome would be examples of where «Fussy» mode actually does its job;
> namely catches errors that would normally have been overlooked.

This may sound like nit-picking, but it's not intended to be --
rather, it is an attempt to ensure precision in language, which
is surely vital where something as important as a validator is
concerned : 

Are there any cases at all where "fussy" mode catches /errors/ 
that would normally be overlooked, as opposed to finding 
/infelicities/ that may well cause problems but which are not 
errors /qua/ errors ?  To be honest, I hope that there are such cases : 
we already know from earlier discussions on this list that there are 
aspects of HTML which cannot be formally encapsulated in the DTD but 
which are made explicit solely in the prose : if this is indeed the
case, then having "fussy" mode correctly catch and diagnose those 
errors /as/ errors, whilst issuing only warnings for usages that 
are likely to cause problems yet which violate neither the syntax 
nor the prose of the DTD, would be an extremely useful enhancement 
to the current validator functionality.

Philip Taylor
Received on Saturday, 30 August 2003 15:41:31 UTC

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