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Re: Validator misleads content negotiation; prefers CSS

From: Ilya Konstantinov <www-validator@future.shiny.co.il>
Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2003 12:55:57 +0200
To: Olivier Thereaux <ot@w3.org>
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
Message-id: <20031009105557.GA16949@furr.shiny.co.il>

On Thu, Oct 09, 2003 at 03:12:27PM +0900, Olivier Thereaux wrote:
> - you are negotiating, on your server, CSS and HTML resources. 
> Negotiating should be done among equivalent resources in different 
> formats or languages, which means negotiating some content and their 
> stylesheet is a bad (abusive) use of format negotiation.

You're right. I eventually changed the CSS files' name -- since CSS
is not an alternative for the content and I no longer have problems
using the Validator.

> I do acknowledge that to cope with such (wrong) situations the Markup 
> Validator should probably send a Accept: header stating a preference 
> for content it can validate itself, but the situation should, 
> generally, not happen if no-one abuses format negotiation...

I guess it doesn't _have_ to handle abuse, so that's left as a
feature request. However, sending the user browser's Accept-Language
along with the Validator's requests can still be a good idea (to match
what the user sees and what the Validator sees).
Received on Thursday, 9 October 2003 07:01:00 GMT

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