W3C home > Mailing lists > Public > www-validator@w3.org > February 2009

Re: Peculiar error count

From: Lou King <lking@knob.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2009 18:06:45 -0500
Message-ID: <49A9C385.60903@knob.com>
To: www-validator@w3.org
Paul Nelson wrote, On 2/28/2009 5:34 PM:
> {snip}   The first one itemized was the actual error, the other 13 
> were apparent consequences in terms of XML parsing ... a real cascade.
>
>   Would it be possible for the Validator in its summary to distinguish 
> between the two?
That would require the implementation of the "I know what they meant" 
routine. This routine is much harder to write then the "What I meant" 
routine which is what you used to correct the error.

Not to make lite of your question but there have been efforts at code 
correcting programs that not only find the errors but make a guess at 
correcting them. All the efforts I have seen failed. Carried to the 
extreme  you could write <BODY>  </BODY> and the program would fill in 
the rest.

I too am sometimes amazed at how many errors one dumb fat-fingered error 
can cause.

Lou
Received on Saturday, 28 February 2009 23:07:32 GMT

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.2.0+W3C-0.50 : Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:14:34 GMT