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Question regarding W3C validator and ASP.NET

From: Matt Salmon <matt.salmon@mandogroup.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2009 09:22:08 +0100
Message-ID: <43A63CC10F7B7A4F8047164FB549B32B028ADF72@application-01.mandogroup.com>
To: <www-validator@w3.org>
Can anyone help me with a query regarding validation of asp.net pages.
I've searched these mailing lists but nobody seems to have answered this
exact question.


Basically, ASP.NET 2.0 can enhance the way pages are rendered in order
to conform with xhtml 1.0 strict, using a configuration setting. This
has the effect of removing the 'name' attribute from the form element,
wrapping the hidden asp.net fields in a 'div' element and some other


The issue with the hidden fields is that the ID's start with an
underscore character e.g "__VIEWSTATE", however what I can't understand
is how wrapping the fields in an outer 'div' results in a 'pass' from
the validation service? Surely the ID's still start with an underscore
character regardless of the fact they're in a containing element?


Can anyone shed any light on this?


Matt Salmon
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