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Re: URL work in HTML 5

From: Karl Dubost <karld@opera.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2012 14:12:19 -0400
Cc: Robin Berjon <robin@w3.org>, W3C TAG <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-Id: <B4DE2590-A8B9-40ED-9462-C4C4C59DB02B@opera.com>
To: Noah Mendelsohn <nrm@arcanedomain.com>

Le 25 sept. 2012 à 10:14, Noah Mendelsohn a écrit :
> the conformance suites (like the W3C validator) were not used by producers, the invalid data on the wire became commonplace, 

For people who cared, it was used, in minority indeed. Let's remember the first Web pages were "invalid" and are still. Blame Tim. ;)

The issue of checking the production is that it is an "after-the-fact" check. 

We created a document (outside of the Web realm: filesystem -> FTP).
We put it online.
We sometimes checked for its validity (syntax conformance, not necessary semantic conformance).

Validators are good only if they are used earlier in the process. Our mistake was to try to put the responsibility of validation on authors and consumers when it should have been on production tools. I'm no fool, it would not have removed all issues and/or mistakes.

Karl Dubost - http://dev.opera.com/
Developer Relations, Opera Software
Received on Tuesday, 2 October 2012 18:12:59 UTC

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