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RE: 2 HTML documents in one

From: Lauke PH <P.H.Lauke@salford.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2003 10:09:58 +0100
Message-ID: <3A1D23A330416E4FADC5B6C08CC252B943FDFE@misnts6.mis.salford.ac.uk>
To: "phil potter" <p.potter@chester.ac.uk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Hmmm...I may be wrong, but...that is a malformed html document if I ever saw one. I think the validator does not flag up the issue of the "double html" simply because it's not programmed to pick up such gross inconsistencies. If one HTML block was nested inside another one, then it would probably throw an error.
I suspect the origin of this page originally lies in a frameset with a top navigation bar and main content frame, which have been kludged together to form a single page. The fact that browsers seem to display it ok-ish (even lynx seems accommodating enough, in that respect) does not detract from the fact that, as far as I can tell, it's not legal code.
Going beyond the "double html" issue and looking at the individual codes, the site is, unfortunately, far from accessible. I haven't spent much time on it, but a simple look at it in lynx (with the inordinate ammount of [spacer] graphics lacking any sort of ALT attribute) would indicate that it will need a lot of work before it meets accessibility standards.

Patrick H. Lauke
WWW Editor
External Relations Division 
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University of Salford 
Greater Manchester 
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-----Original Message-----
From: phil potter [mailto:p.potter@chester.ac.uk]
Sent: 03 April 2003 09:03
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Cc: phil potter
Subject: 2 HTML documents in one

Dear all,

I've been looking at this Web site for sometime and wondering about its 
validity, both from a coding point-of-view, and also from an 
accessibility one too. If you look at the source code there are 
actually 2 HTML documents on the same page - I've never seen this done 
anywhere else and was wondering if it is acceptable or not. The 
technique is actually utilised quite frequently across many of our 
colleges web pages. It doesn't validate, but not for the reasons I 
would have expected.


Any thoughts?

Received on Thursday, 3 April 2003 04:11:07 UTC

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