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HTML5 Authoring Conformance Study

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Mar 2010 00:20:06 -0700
Message-id: <18A2E6E5-6C5A-417A-AAF7-E60853BD3334@apple.com>
To: HTMLwg WG <public-html@w3.org>

I've decided that it's worthwhile to review the HTML5 conformance  
errors reported on notable sites in more details. I started the  
following wiki page to collect data:

http://www.w3.org/html/wg/wiki/HTML5_Authoring_Conformance_Study

Thanks to Aryeh Gregor and myself, we now have a full classification  
of HTML5 conformance errors on the Alexa Top 10. Thanks also to Sam  
Ruby for his blog post that inspired the set of sites chosen and links  
to similar data in raw form. If anyone would like to help with  
gathering the data for the remaining sites, it would be much  
appreciated. The methodology is documented on the wiki page.

Once the raw data is collected, I plan to write up a summary of which  
errors are common across many sites. For those that I conclude are  
more annoying than helpful, I will file bugs. I encourage others to  
file bugs on any requirements that they feel are wrong or  
insufficiently justified. So far the most common validation failures  
that seem clearly deliberate are unescaped &, and presentational markup.

Note: this does not preclude anyone else from filing and pursuing  
omnibus bugs about authoring conformance in general. I am simply  
choosing to invest my personal energies in what I see as a more  
fruitful course of action.

Regards,
Maciej
Received on Sunday, 21 March 2010 07:20:45 UTC

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