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W3C HTML Validator Suggestion

From: Sam Carter <sam@nativeintelligence.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 15:23:50 -0500
To: <www-validator@w3.org>
Message-ID: <001401c51209$ee82ead0$0402a8c0@VAIO3>
W3C  Markup Validation Service:
I use the W3C HTML Validator - NOT URL or FILE UPLOAD.  My webs reside on a
firewalled internet so I use Chris Pederick's WebDeveloper extension
which in turn, calls W3C passing the HTML (local copy) for validation.  I
don't know how I would validate otherwise...  so much of our HTML content is
generated by a database and additionally, web page access requires web-form
login before the target page can be loaded.
I would appreciate having an option to view invalid HTML source code  No
option is provided to view source using the Chirs Pederick/W3C Validator
combination.  Only the errored line number and line content are given.  This
is like finding a needle in a haystack when database content is involved.
(W3C provides the HTML source listing only by URL or FILE UPLOAD which I
cannot do).
Given so much of my HTML is generated by a database, some statically coded
and then stitched together - I've got to see the HTML source.  My workaround
is to VIEW SOURCE, SELECT ALL, COPY, launch the WDG HTML validator (a
competing validate), PASTE SOURCE (in the direct input textbox), VALIDATE.
-- It's a lot of work to find where the line resides in the page content.
Understanding it's not possible for W3C to add a checkbox to view source
AFTER THE VALIDATION (of direct input) HAS BEEN PERFORMED  - how about
defaulting to display source WHEN THERE IS AN ERROR?  That sounds like a
reasonable compromise - it will not burden the results generation for Valid
HTML (friendly and quick) but it will not leave us stranded when there is a
validation error.
Many thanks for your consideration.  If this reads like a confused mess,
please email me and I'll try my best to clarify the issue.
Sam Carter
Received on Monday, 14 February 2005 03:31:20 UTC

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