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Re: Validator.w3.org - title

From: Jukka K. Korpela <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi>
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2004 19:59:08 +0300 (EEST)
To: "Beton, Richard" <richard.beton@roke.co.uk>
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.58.0410141952470.25298@korppi.cs.tut.fi>

On Thu, 14 Oct 2004, Beton, Richard wrote:

> Suggestion: I'd like the <title> element of the validator to indicate
> pass or fail.  This shows up when the browser is minimised, or when it's
> in a tab that's hidden behind other tabs.

According to W3C recommendations, the <title> element should be
descriptive of the page and understandable in a global context. I think
the validator messages sometimes issue a "Tip Of The Day" that suggests
some <title> design principles, mentioning that e.g. "Section One" is not
helpful (section one of _what_?), see
http://www.w3.org/QA/Tips/good-titles
which also refers to Sir Tim's classic
http://www.w3.org/Provider/Style/TITLE.html

So how does "Validation Results" fit into the picture? ;-)

I would suggest a pattern like
<title>Failed validation of http://...</title>
with ... replaced to indicate the actual page, and with "Failed" replaced
by "Passed" as applicable.

However one might argue that it would be better to use
<title>Failed validation of "..." ( http://...)</title>
with the first ... replaced by the content of the <title> element of the
page that was submitted to validation.

-- 
Jukka "Yucca" Korpela, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/
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