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Re: Error count difference

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Date: Fri, 6 Oct 2006 23:37:41 +0200
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To: www-validator@w3.org

Hi folks :)

This is my first message here, so please excuse my
poor english (it's my 4th language).

I'm working on a same thing, with php and xslt, and I wanted
to know if I could use the 0.8dev version for my script use,
I mean before the 0.7.3 release. With of course respecting the
minimal 1second sleep before every call.

By the way I discovered some errors (I think they are) in the soap
results of the CSS validator, it's about character entities '&' and
'&lt;' and '&gt;'
I'll send a message to the right list.

Thanks for the good work!


On 10/6/06, olivier Thereaux <ot@w3.org> wrote:
> Hello Martin,
> On Sep 19, 2006, at 03:54 , Martin Côté wrote:
> > I'm developing a script that uses the XML output of the validator to
> > automatically check pages.
> Which language is your script in? Just asking because there are a
> couple of libraries for perl and python (and Ruby too if I'm not
> mistaken) that could help you.
> > Everything is working great except the error count.
> That's indeed a bug, but I don't think we will be fixing it. The XML
> output has long been experimental, and will be replaced by a web
> service API which we've developed over the past year or so.
> (as seen on the development instance of the validator)
> http://qa-dev.w3.org/wmvs/HEAD/docs/api
> The timeline will be:
> release 0.7.3 (within a few weeks): the validator will include its
> new web service output, and the xml output will be deprecated
> release 0.8.0 (later this year): the XML output will not be available
> any more.
> Note that if you only need to know the number of errors for a
> validated document, you can use the HTTP header X-W3C-Validator-
> Errors present in all validation responses.
> I would, in any case, advise against scraping the validator's output
> for results, as this is a fragile method.
> And finally, of course, unless you are using a local installation of
> the validator, please be careful not to abused the shared resource,
> and get your scripts to sleep() between validation requests.
> Thanks.
> --
> olivier
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