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RE: Validators that don't validate (was RE: Cold Fusion)

From: David Norris <kg9ae@geocities.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 1998 12:30:41 -0500
To: "Liam Quinn" <liam@htmlhelp.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <003801be0d99$017ed800$6fd628cf@KG9AE.illusionary.dyn.ml.org>
> many people
> assume that using two validators would be redundant so they just use CSE
> and miss the critical step of real validation.

Sad but true, that's where education is needed.  An understanding of how
things should work will always be better than allowing a validator to make
your final decision.  At this point, I can say with some confidence that
there isn't any program that validates HTML perfectly.  It is mostly a
matter of little oversights.

The humans need to know what they are doing, in other words.  A combination
of good tools (maybe not even perfect) and an understanding of how to use
them properly will always be best.  An ignorant user and a good tool will
rarely achieve much more than mediocrity.  An informed user and a bad or
degraded tool has a much better chance.

,David Norris

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