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Re: Add Subject Here - Validation icons

From: Rui del-Negro <w3validator@dvd-hq.info>
Date: Tue, 09 Sep 2008 21:29:52 +0100
To: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <op.ug8dv2jgjf0k3w@bigbang>

>> It's about dedicating a small area of your page to promoting the idea
>> of web standards and interoperability.
>
> It's no small area if it is, for example, the only image on an otherwise  
> text-only page.

Well, I suppose you can also go out on the street naked, wearing just a  
"save the whales" pin, but most people won't do that. I tend to put "valid  
HTML" / "valid CSS" icons or text links on the "about the site" or  
"navigation" page. In any case, it's not really up to you (or me) to  
decide how other people's pages should look.

> Besides, it is easy to list down 1,000,000 causes that are more  
> important, on the global and historical scale,

It's really not up to you (or me) to decide what each site owner considers  
"more important on the global and historical scale".

I'm just making the point that saying "visitors don't want to validate  
your site" is missing the point. I don't think anyone expects visitors to  
come to their site to validate it (and, if they wanted to, they wouldn't  
need the icon; they could simply enter the address into the validator).  
The point of having some icons on your page (be they for the validator or  
your favourite rock band or political movement or anything else) is to  
make a statement that you (the page's author) finds relevant.

>> then those people are less likely to blame
>> websites for browser bugs or blame browsers
>> for poorly coded websites.
>
> Why would that matter, to someone authoring web pages,
> or to web site visitors, or anyone else?

Is that a philosophical question? Educating consumers gives them more  
power over suppliers. If you don't know which part of the chain is failing  
you won't know who you should send your complaints to or which elements  
you should replace.

RMN
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