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Re: Parse tree feature gone in v0.7.4?

From: olivier Thereaux <ot@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2006 14:45:35 +0900
Message-Id: <9EBC2D7E-3F35-4B52-A05F-B09FB5C28190@w3.org>
Cc: <www-validator@w3.org>
To: Christoph Schneegans <Christoph@Schneegans.de>

Hi Christoph,

On Nov 26, 2006, at 23:57 , Christoph Schneegans wrote:
> It seems that the recently released version 0.7.4 of the W3C Markup
> Validator does not include the parse tree feature any more.

Yes, the feature has been broken since 0.7.3.

> Was it removed deliberately? If so, why? I found it very useful.

Breakage in 0.7.3 was unintentional (my mistake), and the situation  
was very similar to the one for the outline (see mails on this list  
in the past couple of months), whereby the new parsing module we are  
planning to use for the next version of the validator (Bjoern's  
excellent SGML::Parser::OpenSP) would break all the non-validation  
(e.g parse tree, outline, etc.) routines.

Knowing that, and hearing quite a few people lamenting the loss of  
the outline feature, I fixed it in 0.7.4 and am in the process of  
getting it to work for 0.8.0 (the next version).

The parse tree is in the same position, except that its audience is  
more limited (don't get me wrong, I like the feature and used to use  
it, but I don't think more than a handful of people use it, and they  
could probably do without it). In other words, there is no deliberate  
will to kill the feature, but until someone looks at it and fixes it  
for 0.8.0, it will be gone.

Patches welcome, cvs commit rights available on demand, and I am  
(with others, on the public-qa-dev mailing-list) also available for  
any question regarding the code and arch.

-- 
olivier
Received on Monday, 27 November 2006 05:45:53 UTC

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