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Re: Approved TAG finding: Authoritative Metadata

From: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2006 05:39:52 +0200
To: "Paul Prescod" <paul@prescod.net>
Cc: www-tag@w3.org
Message-ID: <v625e25uuv0c5mna64ql40s1ebccf2a7o1@hive.bjoern.hoehrmann.de>

* Paul Prescod wrote:
>Ian, surely this idea has arisen in your many discussions with browser
>vendors. What is their opposition to having a strict standards-compliance
>warning mode?

Use http://users.skynet.be/mgueury/mozilla/ or get some Win32 COM
programmer to turn what I left at http://ieqabar.sourceforge.net/
into something usable. "Strict standards-compliance" is not what
these tools check for though; that would be neither possible nor
useful, as the standards are contradictory and completely silly,
if you are lucky and have a standard that at least attempts to
define things.

What you say about inattention and low priority to standards com-
pliance is quite true, but this is more a specification main-
tenance issue than something tool developers could fix. When I
told, for example, the SVG Working Group that I do not know how
to properly check the syntax of many SVG attributes and that the
schema they provide is of little use, they told me fixing this
is "an unnecessary burden on the specification editors".

The same goes for the HTML Working Group; they maintain, for ex-
ample, that web sites like http://www.prescod.net/ are in severe
violation of web standards because they don't specify the
"Content-Style-Type". You ever heard of "Content-Style-Type"? Ah,
well, that page is out of the equation anyway, for it is using
XHTML 1.1 and text/html; W3C says one SHOULD NOT do that...
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