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Re: warnings for shorttags (Was: IMG missing right bracket should not validate)

From: Aubrey Jaffer <agj@alum.mit.edu>
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2007 11:26:42 -0400 (EDT)
To: ot@w3.org
CC: jkorpela@cs.tut.fi, www-validator@w3.org
Message-Id: <20070925152642.7A87151D779@smtp.voluntocracy.org>

 | Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2007 16:06:53 +0900
 | From: Olivier Thereaux <ot@w3.org>
 | On Tue, Sep 25, 2007, Jukka K. Korpela wrote:
 | > As far as I remember, the problem was the idea of making the parsing 
 | > itself something different from the kind of SGML parsing required by HTML 
 | > 4, instead of just issuing warnings _in addition to_ doing the very job 
 | > that a validator is supposed to do.
 | > Or maybe it was just the implementation, especially making the validator 
 | > explicitly claim that a document is invalid when it is in fact valid.
 | Indeed, after looking closer at the history, it seems that the "fussy"
 | parsing was unpopular because fussy parsing would report shorttag usage
 | as "invalid" when it is, strictly speaking, valid. It's just valid, yet
 | wrong most of the times. Giving warnings here should cause little fuss.
 | I've hacked around this and made the shorttag-triggered messages
 | warnings instead of errors, and added some explanations to the obscure
 | warning messages issued by opensp.
 | test at:
 | http://qa-dev.w3.org/wmvs/HEAD/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fqa-dev.w3.org%2Fwmvs%2FHEAD%2Fdev%2Ftests%2Fshorttags.html

That looks good!

One minor issue: in a small browser window there is nothing in the
initially visible portion of the validation report indicating that
there are warnings.  It might be nice to give a parenthetical count of
warnings in the "Result" field:

  Result: Passed validation (4 warnings)
Received on Tuesday, 25 September 2007 15:27:05 UTC

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