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URI vs URL and long list of pedantic gramatical quibbles with the static pages

From: Andrew Robinson <andrew@bml.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2004 00:47:04 +0100
Message-ID: <40904277.E903598B@bml.co.uk>
To: www-validator@w3.org

I've just noticed the validator beta front end asks for a URL under the
heading "validate by URI"

I'll be the first to admit I have no idea what the difference between a
URI and a URL is, but wouldn't it be better to pick one and be
consistent. Personally, I'd go for URL, that's what the rest of the
world calls them :-)

Possible bug report - "URL" is underlined, my cursor has a question mark
attached to it when I mouse over it but nothing happens when I click it
(Mozilla/WamCom 1.3.1 for Mac OS9).

Style/Grammar issues (again tested with Mozilla/WamCom 1.3.1 for Mac
OS9): 

looking at "http://validator.w3.org:8001/feedback.html" some links are
double underlined, which is disconcerting! 

The line "* Validating pages with JavaScript: see Writing HTML  in a
SCRIPT Element" appears to contain 2 links, since the word "script" is
not rendered as underlined.

The line "Please join and contribute to the www-validator mailing list."
is formatted inconsistently compared to the other links (and in IE5 for
OS9 it contains 3 different fonts!)

The image top right of all pages extends 1 pixel below the line at the
bottom, which looks like a mistake (IE and Mozilla)

The 3 lines 
"If your page doesn't validate, and you don't know why, or you have a
question about HTML  or validation"
"If you are interested in helping to improve this service, by writing
code or just providing ideas,"
and
"If you want to report a bug or log a feature request." should finish in
a consistent manner, at the moment one finishes with a comma, one with a
period, an one unadorned. Shouldn't they all finish with colons?

Gramatically, the section that reads "(If you are commenting on a
specific page, be sure to provide a URL  when you ask your question!)"
should either not be in brackets, or it should be before the period that
ends the previous sentence.

Looking at "http://validator.w3.org:8001/about.html":

Is there a reason that Recommendations has a capital "R" in the first
sentence, but "standards" does not?

In "http://validator.w3.org:8001/docs/help.html":

In the "don't panic" section "aa" should read "a"

The line " The validation results were certainly positive ("this page is
valid..."), but if it wasn't, you would probably do the author of the
page where the icon was a favor if you could warn him/her of this
abnormal situation." swtiches between results being singular and plural
- I suggest "result was almost certainly" to replace "results were certainly".

further down... "As for every language, those have their own grammar,
vocabulary  and syntax," should be "these" not "those" to be consistent?

"The Markup Validator is Maintained at W3C by W3C staff and benevolent
collaborators, who receive a lot of help from contributors. (Read the
full credits)" has the bracketed section outside the sentence too.

In the 2nd paragraph under the heading "/check/referer does not work..."
the word "os" appears. It probably shouldn't!

Lastly the "download" page is still formatted in the old 'no banana
skin' style.
Received on Wednesday, 28 April 2004 20:08:16 GMT

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