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Conformance ratings (was: Extra! Microsoft beats Netscape in the race for non-conformance!)

From: Eric Gauthier <eric@gauthier.centre.edu>
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 1996 17:31:18 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <199602102231.RAA03567@roxanne.centre.edu>
To: www-html@w3.org
Cc: jonsm@aol.com
> I'd like to see your group work with Yahoo, Lycos, Altavista, Excite, etc. to
> include HTML conformance ratings with each page in their indices. They
> already have to fetch the pages to build the index, so it wouldn't be much
> more trouble to add an error count to each entry.
> Having error counts displayed in the search engines should give the authors
> incentive to clean up their act.
I think this is a great idea.  But, a bit redundant for Lycos,
Yahoo, etc. to do on EVERY page they find.  What might be better
would be to set up a site which constantly asks Lycos and Yahoo
for their NEW pages.  When a new page is found, then this site
would go through the overhead of error checking it and
giving it a rating.  Also, remember that there are different
versions of HTML (version 1...) so, you might also want to 
include funky stuff like that.  In addition, always remember that
"netscape-cisms", although sometimes outside the html sceme,
are nice and most people want them (especially since like
70% of the web is netscapes turf, like it or not).

Anyway, it sounds like a great idea and I'd love to get in on it,
but I think the bandwidth and server load that it would take up
at lycos and yahoo would be to large for them to want to do this.
It would be interesting.  If anyone out there is interested, I'm

Eric :)

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