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Re: False Error Messages

From: Nick Kew <nick@webthing.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 10:08:35 +0100
Message-ID: <1431940115.24654.80.camel@mimir.webthing.com>
To: www-validator@w3.org
On Mon, 2015-05-18 at 16:53 +0900, Michael[tm] Smith wrote:
> Hi Fred,
> Fred Ruckstahl <themysterycat@mail.com>, 2015-05-17 01:26 +0200:
> > Archived-At: <http://www.w3.org/mid/trinity-fe356baa-e9b2-4c45-9332-5bec6ba1d415-1431818761555@3capp-mailcom-lxa11>
> > 
> > It would be nice if you could eliminate the false error messages.
> What exactly do you mean by “false error messages”? Can you give specific
> examples, or a URL for a document that generates “false error messages?
> > The the validator claimed seven erros on each of the last two pages we
> > checked when in fact, there was only one on each of the pages.
> What are the URLs for those documents? Or a URL for another document that
> causes the validator to generate what you consider “false” errors?

At a guess, cascading error messages.  HTML example: something implies
<body>, so that one error causes all subsequent <head> contents to be
reported as errors.

If so, the answer is that you can't really suppress it, but you can
improve presentation to make it clearer what's going on.  Site Valet
may be sadly neglected these days, but its alternative presentations
aim to deal with precisely that problem.

On a historic note, tools like these are created by programmers,
programmers deal with cascading errors like this all the time:
it's in the nature of the work.  So it seems perfectly normal.

Nick Kew
Received on Monday, 18 May 2015 09:09:00 UTC

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