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Re: Add Subject Here - Validation icons

From: Rui del-Negro <rmn@dvd-hq.info>
Date: Tue, 09 Sep 2008 16:26:26 +0100
To: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <op.ug7zucn7ztikme@bigbang>

On Tue, 09 Sep 2008 09:36:30 +0100, Michael Adams  
<linux_mike@paradise.net.nz> wrote:
>> > Yes you are proud of your achievement, but visitors are there for
>> > the content, not to validate your page. And if they do wish to
>> > validate your page they can do so without the silly icon. Really
>> > isn't the validator a developer tool, not a web surfers tool?
>> I think you are missing the point of displaying a valid / validation
>> icon  on a website. It's not about showing that you know how to create
>> valid  code, and it's not about letting people validate your pages.
>> It's about dedicating a small area of your page to promoting the idea
>> of  web standards and interoperability. [...] It's an educational or
>> even political thing; it's not a technical thing.

> Whereas i use it as a technical thing, mainly based on the tick on the
> right hand end of the Web Developer Toolbar addon to firefox but when i
> am troubled i validate properly.

No, again you're missing the point. The _validator_ is a technical thing.  
The W3C "valid" _icon_ is a political thing. It's like wearing a pin  
saying "save the whales". Wearing the pin doesn't actually save any  
whales, it's there just to make people aware of the issue. The fact that  
the icon is _also_ a link to the W3 site (or the validator) is just to  
make it easier for people to understand what the concept is and how easy  
it is to implement.

Received on Tuesday, 9 September 2008 15:26:23 UTC

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