Re: Paving Cowpaths

On 5/21/07, Chris Wilson <> wrote:

> ... [for] folks who make web pages ... The browser is their error-checker.

Aye. That's where my head was when I wondered aloud if user agents
would do well to provide built-in conformance checking[1], because
that's where said folks will expect to find it.

After a bit of reflection, I realize that "error checking" in the
browser (aside from JavaScript) often amounts to a visual inspection
vs. "how well does the document conform to machine-checkable
requirements of a particular spec?" (read: "Beauty is in the eye of
the beholder.")

I also shudder at the thought of "built-in conformance checker wars." <!>

Joe D'Andrea


Received on Monday, 21 May 2007 19:30:39 UTC