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Re: Validator output doesn't validate

From: olivier Thereaux <ot@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 15:19:58 +0900
Message-Id: <6DA082C5-6CCA-423A-BAAC-3023B4E86F1E@w3.org>
Cc: "www-validator@w3.org Community" <www-validator@w3.org>
To: Michael Behan <michael@healthsoftonline.com>, Chris Pederick <website@chrispederick.com>

Hi Michael, hi Chris.

On Jul 26, 2007, at 05:41 , Michael Behan wrote:
> Hello. I use the firefox web-developer toolbar along with the shortcut
> ctrl+shift+a to post the current page to the validator.
> I noticed that in one case, the output of the validator was itself
> invalid. Here is what I did:
> 1) I visited http://www.ddna.org/

OK. Let's call this "page 1"

> 2) hit ctrl+shift+a
> Came up valid

OK, so far so good. Let's call this result document "page 2".
Its URI is http://validator.w3.org/check and it has been accessed  
through POSTing the content.

> 3) Hit ctrl+shift+a again on the w3.org validation results page

What I have trouble understanding here is that the source shown in  
the result is not at all the content of page 2. I thought "validate  
local content" was uploading the actual content of the page to the  
validator, apparently here that's not the case.

It looks as though the second time around, instead of posting the  
content of page 2, the toolbar requested validation of http:// 
validator.w3.org/check. This is not the behavior expected from  
"validate local content".

http://validator.w3.org/check, when called with GET and with no  
parameter, is an error page saying "please give me something to  
validate". What you spotted is that this page is not valid. I will  
fix it.

I am copying the mail to the developer of the mozilla toolbar (Hi  
Chris!), in case he knows what's going on with "validate local content".

Received on Thursday, 26 July 2007 06:19:32 UTC

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