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keep conformance objective (detailed review of section 1. Introduction)

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 17:24:25 -0500
To: "public-html@w3.org WG" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-Id: <1188512665.29837.1782.camel@pav>

The draft says:

"Conformance checkers are exempt from detecting errors that require
interpretation of the author's intent for example, while a document is
non-conforming if the content of a blockquote element is not a quote,
conformance checkers do not have to check that blockquote elements only
contain quoted material"

I don't think the HTML marketplace is well-served by
a notion of conformance that depends on author's intent.
Please change the draft so that document conformance does not
depend on author's intent at all.

I don't have a complete change proposal; anybody who supports
my change request will please help me find
all the relevant places in the spec and suggest replacements.

I'm not sure if it's worthwhile specifying anything about HTML in
terms of author's intent, but if it is, let's give it a different name.
Perhaps a document is _clearly marked up_ if it's conforming
and its markup is consistent with the author's intent.

for reference:

24 August 2007
1.218 Fri Aug 24 22:56:42 2007 UTC

Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
Received on Thursday, 30 August 2007 22:24:45 UTC

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