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[Bug 13201] Flow content should be allowed in <dt>

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Date: Sun, 02 Oct 2011 05:20:06 +0000
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--- Comment #15 from Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> 2011-10-02 05:20:05 UTC ---
> Validator is just a helping tool. This tool cannot prevent all sorts of errors
> -- this is realidad, just put up with this.

Just because we can't catch every mistake doesn't mean we shouldn't catch the
ones we _can_ catch.

> For example, the validator cannot detect situations where blockquote is used
> instead of div, and vice versa -- it's just _not of validator's
> responsibility_. Exactly the same applies to DT/DD in particular.

It is entirely the validator's responsibility. It's in fact the only point in
_having_ a validator. Validators have no role other than helping authors catch
their mistakes. That's why we have them. The only reason they can't catch
everything is due to technical limitations. Once we have computers with AI and
telepathy, these mistakes will also be caught. :-)

> The fact that formerly you could use validator to detect DT/DD swapping is not
> more than just _side_ effect of current impractical spec definition.

It's more than a side-effect, it's the reason for having the definition.

Note that I haven't rejected this bug (if I had it would be marked WONTFIX). In
fact, quite the opposite, I've marked it "ASSIGNED", indicating that I do
intend to make a change. See comment 11 for the change I am contemplating. That
change would have the unfortunate side-effect of no longer catching the
mistakes I've mentioned in this bug.

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