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Re: ISSUE-34 (commonality): Can we get access to tools that determine how often markup is used on the web?

From: James Graham <jg307@cam.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2008 14:35:38 +0000
Message-ID: <47B5A33A.6050204@cam.ac.uk>
To: Karl Groves <karl.groves@ssbbartgroup.com>
CC: HTML Issue Tracking WG <public-html@w3.org>

Karl Groves wrote:
> ----- "James Graham" <jg307@cam.ac.uk> wrote:
>> Such tools clearly exist; it's just a web crawler + a html parser +
>> some 
>> code for querying the resuts and producing a summary. Philip Taylor 
>> wrote one based on the validator.nu parser for example. I don't know
>> if 
>> it's currently avaliable for other people to run though.
>> That would indeed be useful.
> I know I'm likely a tad late to this discussion and missing out on the history and basis of this Issue, but I would like to question the value (or impact) of this exercise.  I would hope that our decisions to add/ keep/ remove an element or attribute from the recommendation would be driven solely by the usefulness that item has to the end user.   The use (or lack thereof), misuse, or abuse of an element or attribute should be given very little weight, imo, when considering how to move forward.
These issues are intimately entwined. An element that is never used in 
the correct way has no value to the user, despite the best intentions of 
spec authors.
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