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RE: w3 Validator Auto-reference broken - Norton Privacy was blocking

From: Dick Hodgman <dick@hodgman.org>
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2004 22:38:43 -0600
To: "Paul Norman" <penorman@mac.com>
Cc: www-validator@w3.org


Good insight.  I have Norton internet Security running on the
Windows/XP Home system that produces this result.  When I turn off Norton
Firewall my query gets thru OK.  Thanks for the suggestion.

The Norton Internet Security Privacy log shows this entry for the blocked

Private Data:

Date Time: 3/2/2004 10:00:28 PM
Action: Blocked
Type: Referer
URL: http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=
Data: http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fvalidator.w3.org%2F

On Norton Internet Security under Privacy Control, Configure, Advanced, I
selected add site... w3.org and changed "Information about visited sites" to
Permit.  Then OK and OK and the reference got through!  (As an aside, the
Validator reported on http://validator.w3.org/check?uri= "This page is not
Valid XHTML 1.0 Strict!".)

From this result, the problem with the W3C MarkUp Validation Service is a
misleading failure message on when http://validator.w3.org/check?uri= shows
up.  I think the page should suggest a firewall problem as a possible reason
the referring URI is not being received rather than just the message shown
below.  I would be happy to let my above fix for Norton be quoted or

Webmaster for validator.w3.org, are you reading this message?

How does one get thru to the Webmaster to suggest a fix?

Thanks, Dick Hodgman
Dick Hodgman
http://www.hodgman.org/ <http://www.hodgman.org/>

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Norman [mailto:penorman@mac.com]
Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2004 8:11 PM
To: Dick Hodgman
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
Subject: Re: w3 Validator Auto-reference broken

On 2-Mar-04, at 3:38 PM, Dick Hodgman wrote:

> Hello!
> The reference URI provided by the W3C MarkUp Validation Service is
> broken.
> Check it out on the W3C XHTLM 1.0 link in the lower right of page
> http://validator.w3.org/feedback.html - it links to
> http://validator.w3.org/check/referer and this text comes up:
> Sorry, this type of URI scheme (undefined) is not supported by this
> service.
> Please check that you entered the URI correctly.
> Please pass this along to the webmaster at validator.w3.org - the
> feedback
> page provides no direct way to get a message thru to the webmaster.

Actually, it works fine. Your browser just isn't sending the referrer,
perhaps because of a firewall or a proxy.
Received on Tuesday, 2 March 2004 23:39:16 UTC

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