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Re: Validator examining localhost instead of referrer

From: Etan Wexler <ewexler@stickdog.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2005 01:49:24 -0500
Message-ID: <41F348F4.2000001@stickdog.com>
To: Ron Falconberry <ronfalcon@comcast.net>, Validation Crew <www-validator@w3.org>

Ron Falconberry wrote to <mailto:www-validator@w3.org> on 22 January 
2005 in "HTML Validator" (<mid:000001c50102$272362c0$c2503444@homeprimary>):

> I could not find an answer in the Help or FAQ section of the W3C so I 
> hope that it is appropriate for me to send my question here.

How about an advisory near the beginning of the evaluation page? To wit:

"Note: The URL you gave me, <http://www.falconberry.com/>, returned a 
redirect to <http://localhost/>."

That explains the end result of the proclamation of valid XHTML despite 
the non-XHTML nature of the referring document. The validator is 
retrieving a document from what one presumes is a server owned and 
operated by W3C.

The question is why this happens. I was unable to provoke the alleged 
redirection in the HTTP header served by your Apache installation. I was 
unable to provoke the alleged redirection in the document proper. 
Caveat: testing was cursory.

> I am in the process of validating my web site pages under HTML 4.01 
> transitional.  For the pages that I have changed to validate properly I 
> have added the W3C check box at the bottom of the page.

Why? Jukka Korpela presents the foremost argument against this practice 
in "Say no to “Valid HTML” icons" 
(<http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/html/validation.html#icon>).

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