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Re: validation problem

From: Peter Sass <peter@sass.name>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2003 22:55:28 +0200
To: Stephen R Laniel <steve@laniels.org>, www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <r01050300-0921-FECFB00105AB11D8937DE0A586908134@[]>

22/10/03 skrev Stephen R Laniel:

> Unless I misunderstand, Peter was visiting
> http://validator.w3.org/check/referer
> which explicitly ends in the word 'referer'. To do this, and then to
> complain that it's a bug when his browser blocks the referrer and the
> validator fails to validate it, strikes me as presumptuous in the
> extreme.

So sorry! I can see I presumed something I could not, but to be presumptous was
not my intention, not even mildly.

> Peter, if you want to validate pages without referrer-checking, use the
> form here:
> http://validator.w3.org/
> Yes, it's great that your browser runs through a referrer-blocking proxy
> -- I'm glad it's protecting your privacy -- but this entails certain
> tradeoffs. It would be one thing if there were no validator alternative,
> but you clearly have one (see the second link, above).

Well, it is simply that I validated a little site I made by way of
http://validator.w3.org/, and on the page I came to that told me I had made
correct xhtml I could also read the following:

 To show your readers that you have taken the care to create an interoperable
Web page, you may display this icon on any page that validates. Here is the
HTML you could use to add this icon to your Web page:

      <a href="http://validator.w3.org/check/referer"><img
          alt="Valid XHTML 1.0!" height="31" width="88" /></a>
Just the same experience as Gary, I believe, who started this thread.

Is it possible to understand it differently than if a reader click on the
mentioned icon on my page, then that reader can expect to be sent to a page
that shows that the page he just left was correct xhtml?

I did what it said. I wasn't aware of the referrer problem, so thank you for
pointing that out.

So maybe I should trim the suggested code, so that the icon is not a link, to
avoid readers being misdirected, if they too use a browser with this
security-feature. Not that I expect many to follow that link, but if some does,
they should not end up in a blind alley.

And maybe you can agree that the validator-result-page should be written a
little differently, so people don't get baffled like me and Gary.

Best regards
Peter Sass
Received on Thursday, 23 October 2003 16:56:28 UTC

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