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From: Gavin Landon <gavin.landon@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2009 13:57:15 -0500
Message-ID: <721d4bc80908261157s7fa479a7j397ce6b6c866a9f4@mail.gmail.com>
To: Public MWBP <public-bpwg@w3.org>
I'm going to jump a little off subject, but I'm unable to hold back
anymore.. lol.

Markup Validation Service "MVS"
vs
mobileOK Checker "MC"

They don't follow the same rules.   Seems the mobile version is more
complicated and in a lot of ways, for no reason.   I have a mobile site,
which validates with MVS, but has a 49/100 with MC.  I've tested my domain
with many browsers, both on desktops and mobile devices and I haven't run
into any issues.   Soon as I start making changes to work with the MC, it
causes issues with MVS.   I'm assuming it's expected that everyone have a
different domain/pages for mobile vs desktops, but why?   Why should people
have too with the technology that exists with rules that are already in
place?   Example, I have style sheets that has an ASP extension so it can be
dynamic, but MC doesn't like this.  It wants a css extensions on the file,
why?   This information is coming from the file in proper css format, it
shouldn't matter what the extension is.  It's type has been set as a
text/css, so all browsers should know how to handle it.

As an engineer/architect, I require structure, because it works.  Sometimes
you have to build a road around a mountain.  It may take a little longer to
drive it, but it still works.  However, when you build a mall on top of a
house, they both will eventually collapse and/or no one will use either of
them.   A good analogy is like changing a cars engine, because there's new
spark plugs available for it.   The Internet is the engine driving us to a
greater future.   Mobile devices should be following the rules that are in
place, not change the Internet for the mobile devices.  Anyone can make a
light version of their domain to display more clearly on a mobile device
using the existing rules.   We need rules that websites can clearly pick out
if the device talking to them is Mobile or not.  That's a rule that I don't
see anyone coming up with and if it exists, no one is using it, hints the
mall...   Now, I'm not saying we shouldn't have new rules for mobile
devices, I'm just saying we shouldn't remove existing rules that work
without mobile.  This is clearly the case in the single example I mentioned
above.
Received on Wednesday, 26 August 2009 18:57:55 UTC

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