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Suggesion for the w3 validator error messages.

From: Diederik van der Boor <diederik_vd_boor@hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 13:36:35 +0100
To: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <BAY2-F101kmWmqiyFIw00044dda@hotmail.com>

Hi There,

I was recently validating my HTML code, and I have a suggestion for the 
validation service. The validator only tells you what it can't understand, 
doesn't explain anything else!

- Example 1:

I'm using bordercolor,bordercolorlight and bordercolordark a lot in <TABLE> 
tags, but w3 doesn't like them (duh.. it's a MS-IE extension) But what 
alternatives do exist? The validator doesn't tell me what attributes are 
allowed, or what CSS-tag I should use instead.

- Example 2:

I'm using <NOBR> too much, but I didn't want text to wrap. Most browsers 
understand this tag, and I liked to give them some advantage. Couldn't the 
validator say I can use a CSS tag, or should use a filler-image (dimensions 
300 x 1) to achieve the same effect?

- Example 3:

Using a <FONT> directly when the <BODY> is opened causes a lot of errors. 
The <TABLE> tag isn't accepted here for some reason:

<BODY bgcolor="#F7BA00" text="#000000">
<FONT face="Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica" size="2">
  <IMG src="toptitle.gif" width="200" height="40" alt="Forum">

  <TABLE width="100%" height="30" bgcolor="#60A0E8" bordercolor="#2E87E2" 
bordercolorlight="#2E87E2" bordercolordark="#79B5ED" border="1" 
cellspacing="0"><TR><TD>

- Example 4: <HR color="#666666">


I hope you can use this feedback,

Regards,

Diederik van der Boor

To quote one of my friends: "Computers only tell you about problems, never 
give you a solution/suggestion". That was my motivation to write this 
suggestion.


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