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I don't like the new warning in the validator

From: Jasper Magick <jasper.magick@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 May 2009 10:29:18 -0400
Message-ID: <9627419c0905290729x1cc5a269k6247d413f4699509@mail.gmail.com>
To: www-validator@w3.org
"No character encoding information was found within the document, either in
an HTML meta element or an XML declaration. It is often recommended to
declare the character encoding in the document itself, especially if there
is a chance that the document will be read from or saved to disk, CD, etc."

This is stupid.  I know what I'm doing, I put the character encoding info at
the server level so I don't have to put it in the document.  It was fine for
a long time, and now I get a stupid warning about it?  I'm one of those anal
people that like their validation to be perfect, including no warnings!
I've worked hard to make sure every site I make passes 100% in Strict
validation, and now you people add this new warning?  I refuse to add
encoding info to the document itself, I think it looks ugly in the page
source, and it just adds to the other bytes the document has.  I would like
this warning to be removed in an update to the validator.  For a while now,
the validator has moved more toward the thinking every web arthur is an
idiot, and this new warning just confirms that.  I have no intention of
putting my site on a CD, but if I did, I'm smart enough to add encoding info
at the document level;  I don't need to be told this in a warning!
Received on Friday, 29 May 2009 14:30:00 GMT

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