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Re: [VE][108] "COLS" vs "cols"

From: Melody Chamlee <developer@pobox.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Nov 2009 17:35:10 -0500
Message-Id: <67DD3AB2-9520-41FB-A35C-F58E75B706E8@pobox.com>
To: www-validator@w3.org
Has statistical analysis ever been considered for the frequency of  
errors produced by validation testing? Is this even a form of metrics  
that could occur as the validator runs results in its present form?

By referencing the errors that take the longest to correct through  
repeated retests, we might be able to come up with a short priority  
list of the most commonly troublesome errors to expand upon in more  
targeted documentation.

The line by line results of the errors could then include suggested  
help links specific to the trouble that wouldn't require changes to  
the validator itself.

The validation seems rarely in question, but request for more detailed  
error explanations seems common and might benefit from very targeted,  
extended checklists.

I realize neither of these suggestions is a simple or quick process -  
just documenting for future consideration.

On Nov 21, 2009, at 4:22 PM, Robert STEVENS wrote:

> Validating http://www.wendygamble.com/RwcS/Test-x.html Error [108]:  
> "there
> is no attribute X"
> The message from the validator, re line 28, was 'Attribute "COLS" is  
> not a
> valid attribute. Did you mean "cols"?'
> Pondering the distinction between 'cols' in upper and lower case did  
> not
> help.
> Just plain deleting 'cols="2" ' was disastrous.
> I eventually made the error message and the formatting problem go  
> away by
> removing the 'cols="2" ' also the '<tbody>' (and of course '</ 
> tbody>') --
> something which was not mentioned at all in the error message.
> Perhaps the generator for this error message needs a little more
> intelligibility in its output-message; and more intelligence in its
> processing.
> Regards.
>    Robert
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