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Re: http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/validator results legibility

From: Jukka K. Korpela <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 20:16:27 +0200
Message-ID: <025a01c88ea4$59179e80$0400000a@DOCENDO>
To: <www-validator-css@w3.org>

Olivier Thereaux wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 25, 2008, Felix Miata wrote:
>> Compounding the color impediment with the text size impediment, and
>> you get typical web deziner garbage legibility. It may be that that
>> .badgeSnippet is meant simply to be cut and pasted, but like any
>> words one takes responsibility for, they should be read and
>> understood first.
> The goal is indeed to provide markup that can be copied and pasted,
> without taking half the page of awful-looking markup for those who
> don't care about it. That's a compromise, if you feel strongly it is
> not acceptable, feel free to submit an alternative/patch to the list.

I have much sympathy for the criticism that Felix presented, but since 
the style sheet is applied to some nonsense that should not be put on 
web pages in the first place, I didn't bother reacting. The style sheet 
rule is about the _presentation_ of a code snippet like

    <a href="http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/">
        <img style="border:0;width:88px;height:31px"
            alt="Valid CSS!" />

which is worse than useless, as I have repeatedly explained. Felix 
expressed his concern that this text is (almost) illegible. And that was 
technically quite noteworthy, but personally, I don't mind if ridiculous 
recommendations ridicule themselves in their visual appearance.

I have an uneasy feeling, however, when I think that the W3C, for one, 
wants to promote the idea of copying code without understanding it - and 
even without being able to _see_ it legibly, under normal conditions, 
not to mention poor browsing conditions.

Jukka K. Korpela ("Yucca")
Received on Tuesday, 25 March 2008 18:16:51 UTC

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