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Re: Errors in non-existing elements

From: Nick Kew <nick@webthing.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 13:40:27 +0000 (GMT)
To: Boris 'pi' Piwinger <3.14@logic.univie.ac.at>
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.53.0403111333490.15158@hugin.webthing.com>

On Thu, 11 Mar 2004, Boris 'pi' Piwinger wrote:

> To give an example: Say you have a web page using embed
> which does not exist in HTML 4. Now there will be a lot of
> attributes to the embed tag. The validator complains about
> each of them. This is useless, it only hides the real error
> and hence makes the output hard to read.

That's an artifact of how the underlying parser works.  It runs
straight through.

So, given:

<foo bar="nonsense" other="rubbish"  >
                  1               2  3
it finds and reports attribute errors at 1 and 2, but the <foo> tag
isn't closed until 3, so it doesn't get checked and reported until
after the attributes.

You might prefer Page Valet's "visual validator" option, which
presents the results differently.

Nick Kew
Received on Thursday, 11 March 2004 08:40:58 UTC

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