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Re: UKUUG Website query

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2004 14:22:00 +0000 (UTC)
To: "Jukka K. Korpela" <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi>
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.58.0401031418530.15442@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Sat, 3 Jan 2004, Jukka K. Korpela wrote:
> That verbal statement has no impact on validation, which is a purely
> formal operation that must not pay attention to any attempts to use prose
> to impose restrictions not expressed in a DTD. In fact, it must not even
> see such attempts - it must be blind to anything outside the formal
> part of the DTD.

I'm curious as to why you say "must" here.

A page that validates according to the DTD but does not follow the
restrictions of the HTML spec is not valid -- so why does restricting the
validator to the subset of the conditions that are describable by an SGML
DTD a good idea?

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