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Shocking Validator Error

From: Sean B. Palmer <sean+wv@infomesh.net>
Date: Sun, 30 May 2004 06:19:03 +0100
Message-ID: <40B96EC7.1000808@infomesh.net>
To: www-validator@w3.org

There is a grievous error in the following results page of the W3C's
MarkUp Validator service:


This page used to correctly return a reply stating "[t]his page is 
*not* valid XHTML 1.0 Strict", but now it indicates that the page 
is--to my utter disbelief--valid. I cannot bring myself to 
understanding why on earth the Validator service would want to:

a) Destroy the now traditional irony in its self-invalidity.
b) Completely obliterate the sustenance of 95% of the posters to the
Validator's www-validator mailing list.
c) Change the meaning of the resource denoted by the URI, i.e. from
the results of an invalid page to the results of a valid one.

People like Roman Fillipov, in the following message, will now be made
to look like fools because the results to which they allude are no
longer present:


Furthermore, there is a *distinct* possibility that section 5.6.3 of
the most recently TAG specification states, unequivocally, that "[t]he
W3C MarkUp Validation service MUST be ironic at all times, even when
Terje is feeling slightly under the weather". Thus, the Validator's
lack of ironicity constitutes a flagrant violation of WebArch, as well
as doing a disservice to the tens of thousands of bloggers who depend
on the W3C's Validator for their daily idiotic banal griping.

I believe that the hideous error was introduced sometime in the recent 
upgrade to the 0.6.6 version of the service. The banana peel now used 
as a background image at the bottom of the site *clearly* 
metaphorically represents the slip up which you have incurred, along 
with the repressed sexual desires of some of the Validator's maintainers.

I suggest you fix this problem immediately lest I contact the
Validator's W3T team contact, QA domain lead, and possibly even
director, and have you all be publically pied in the face a la Bill Gates.

Sean B. Palmer, <http://purl.org/net/sbp/>
"phenomicity by the bucketful" - http://miscoranda.com/
Received on Sunday, 30 May 2004 01:35:59 UTC

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