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Re: Role of DTDs in the validator

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2009 15:17:03 +0300
Message-Id: <5F534479-B754-423F-A707-35B3BFD8CFBD@iki.fi>
To: www-validator Community <www-validator@w3.org>
On Mar 23, 2009, at 00:21, olivier Thereaux wrote:

> Dean Edridge asked a good question (tantamount to “why not just use  
> validator.nu and scrap the rest”) to which I answered:
> [[ The validator.nu engine is a wonderful piece of software, in many  
> ways superior to the other engines which validator.w3.org uses.  
> However, IMHO validator.nu is neither stable enough (see e.g http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-validator/2009Mar/0037.html 
>  ) nor flexible enough (limited number of profiles,

The limited number of profiles is a deployment feature. I think mobile  
profiles are bad for the Web which is why I removed XHTML Basic and  
haven't added SVG Tiny.

However, it's not an engine issue. If you have profiled schemas, the  
engine can use them.

> no DTD support for legacy HTML, etc)

That's also a feature. :-)

> nor usable enough (bare bone UI

Again, I think the bareness of http://html5.validator.nu/ is a  
feature. It has a link to http://validator.nu/ which may be too hairy  
for casual users.

> and limited message explanations,

Waiting for upstream... :-/

> no file upload, no direct input, etc)

As Dean already pointed out, Validator.nu has both. (They require  
JavaScript, though.)

Henri Sivonen
Received on Friday, 17 April 2009 12:17:44 UTC

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