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Re: Validator reports as EARL

From: Nick Kew <nick@webthing.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2001 06:16:00 +0100 (BST)
To: "Sean B. Palmer" <sean@mysterylights.com>
cc: www-archive@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.BSF.4.21.0110090602370.2019-100000@fenris.webthing.com>

On Tue, 9 Oct 2001, Sean B. Palmer wrote:

> Hi Nick,
> Could you possibly CC www-archive@w3.org on any follow up replies, if
> they're not private? Cheers.

OK, starting right now:-)

Just a quick note to thank you for finding the time to take a look
at this.  I've had a cursory glance at the attachment; looks
interesting, but I'll need to take a much harder look in due course.

> The reporting syntax looks cool, but it's a shame that some of the results
> are just hidden in prose. For example:-
>    "character data not allowed here; document type requires
>    it to be enclosed in a container such as an HTML paragraph"

These are SP error messages: James Clark's originals, as modified
by Liam and myself.  It's not easy to get them universally right:
for example Liam's versions (which were written explicitly for
his validator in about '97) often refer to "(in this HTML version)",
which looks rather silly when validating a non-HTML document.

I do envisage revisiting the messages.  But there's no silver bullet ;-)

> "contain the damn thing in a block level element (<p> etc.)". Anyway, I've
> worked around this by just converting the thing by hand for now. I may
> revisit this in the near future, but the attached document should be enough
> for you to get pondering for now.

Yes, it has me pondering.

One question on this.  If I generate EARL, I'll need some clientside
tool to deal with it - in the first place, to see that my work makes
any kind of sense.  I recollect raising the matter, but I don't
recollect exactly what was said.  Can you point me at any URLs
for EARL client (operational or testbed) software?


Nick Kew

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