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Re: <q> and commas

From: Philip TAYLOR (Ret'd) <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2008 12:42:37 +0000
Message-ID: <4909ABBD.4060809@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
To: Sam Kuper <sam.kuper@uclmail.net>
CC: Robert J Burns <rob@robburns.com>, Justin James <j_james@mindspring.com>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>

Sam Kuper wrote:

> Actually, the HTML 4.01 spec is slightly mealy-mouthed on this point. 
> See s.19.1 [1]:


> My reading of this, especially the last sentence I've quoted above, is 
> that while automated "validators" detect "a large set of errors that 
> make documents invalid", they cannot catch all such errors. Since 
> avoiding all such errors seems to be synonymous with conforming to the 
> HTML 4 specification, this appears to imply that the sample document you 
> presented is, indeed, invalid. 

OK, here I respectfully disagree.  It clashes with a "should not",
not with a "must not", and therefore if that is the only deviation
from the specification the document remains valid.  Were it to clash
with a "must not" that is enshrined in the prose but not captured in
the DTD, then I would accept its putative invalidity.

> Synonymously, it is not in conformance with the spec.

I'm not certain that I agree with "synonymously"; it
conflicts with the specification but remains valid, IMHO.

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