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Re: Why Microsoft's authoritative=true won't work and is a bad idea

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 21:40:52 +0000 (UTC)
To: David Morris <dwm@xpasc.com>
Cc: HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>, "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0807072137500.11210@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Mon, 7 Jul 2008, David Morris wrote:
> Having invalid content of other forms noted as well would enable better 
> overall quality.

This isn't a particularly new idea; the main problem with it is that the 
indicator would basically be always showing. Some _conservative_ estimates 
put the number of pages with *syntax errors alone* in the 90% range. If 
you add things like Content-Type errors, other HTTP problems, attribute 
value errors, CSS errors, scripting errors, etc, the number is likely so 
close to 100% that frankly the user will just wonder why his browser is 
sad all the time. (It would be interesting to see if anyone could actually 
find a Web page with more than 10kb of total content that is not in any 
way affiliated with the person who found it and that had absolutely no 
errors of any kind. I'm not convinced there are any.)

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