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Re: no re-evaluate button at CSS validator

From: Philip Taylor <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:03:57 +0000
To: "O'Guin, Phaewryn D." <JDO09280@ccv.vsc.edu>, Eric Richards <2eric.richards@gmail.com>, "www-validator@w3.org" <www-validator@w3.org>
Message-ID: <08f8db2d-cda7-d214-5b95-9e1eb7f3e55f@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
O'Guin, Phaewryn D. wrote:
> It's sort of hard to use things when they are broken. I use the validator at https://validator.w3.org/unicorn/. Which one are you using? I don't think I'm aware of a re-validate button? What I'd love to see fixed are the "valid" buttons. You used to get a code snippet and a button to put on your website that proved it validated... 
But the icon never did "prove it validated"; it simply said (at least, to those capable of reading between the lines) "I claim that this page validated at least once, shortly before I added the icon, but I may be lying and even if I am not, the page may have changed many many times since then".
> but there's never been one made for HTML5, and they don't even seem to be in use at the nu or original validator links. You can still see them on the unicorn validator (for CSS only, not for HTML). This needs to be addressed. There's no reason not to have a "valid HTML5" (or whatever version of HTML it validates as) button on there, the exact same way as there is a "valid CSS" button one.
Why do you (or anyone) need a "Valid HTML" or "Valid CSS", or "Valid <whatever>" button ?  The merit comes from validating the page and achieving 100% compliance; trumpeting it thereafter from the rooftops seems more appropriate to Mr Trump than to a modest and unassuming webmaster.

However, if you read back through Eric's thread, you will see that it is not the lack of a button about which he is complaining at all; it is the lack of a "re-evaluate this page feature", which is an entirely different kiddle of fish (and one worthy of attention, unlike the lack of an "I am valid and proud of it" button.

Philip Taylor
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