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Re: HTML 5 icon

From: Michael[tm] Smith <mike@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 23:13:34 +0900
To: George Bateman <georgebateman16@gmail.com>
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <20150121141334.GC17476@jay.w3.org>
Hi George,

George Bateman <georgebateman16@gmail.com>, 2015-01-20 20:11 +0000:
> Archived-At: <http://www.w3.org/mid/CAMPNTL1cKZOu=dE6BXOvH4HLtU-5Hi=2gP1j2zFs9PPH5DfQpw@mail.gmail.com>
> 
> Will a valid HTML5 icon be made available soon?

No, there won't be a Valid HTML icon any time soon and likely not ever.

The reason is basically that "This is valid" icons/badges promote the idea
that there's significant value in making public claims of pass/fail
document-conformance requirements in standards.

But the HTML5 checker is by design not intended to encourage anybody to use
it as a means to make public assertions of simple pass/fail conformance of
any documents to any particular specifications; it's intended solely as a
checker -- for people to use to catch unintended mistakes in documents and
fix them -- not as a pass/fail certification mechanism.

> It's nice to be able to display validity to the latest standard. I know
> you can (not fully within copyright etc.) modify an existing icon, but a
> proper one would be more convenient/legitimate.

There won't be any proper Valid HTML5 icon forthcoming, so if you'd like to
use one in your content, you'll probably need to create one on your own.

  --Mike

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Michael[tm] Smith https://people.w3.org/mike

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