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[Bug 1399] Description misrepresents what the validator does

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Date: Fri, 13 May 2005 07:08:22 +0000
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http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=1399


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------- Additional Comments From ot@w3.org  2005-05-13 07:08 -------
(In reply to comment #0)

> That's incorrect, because the service is not an all-round conformance checker
That's a good point.

> but an SGML (not even XML) validator.

I don't completely agree, but that's not the point here.

> Suggested replacement:
> "The W3C Markup Validation Service is a free service that checks Web documents
> in formats like HTML and XHTML for SGML validity according to the specified DTD.
> It does not check conformance criteria that is not expressed in the DTD."

I do not think this is acceptable as a "tagline" for the service. Think of this as the first thing people are 
likely to read. The current text is already full of acronyms, but ones that most people coming to 
validate will know. I do not think however, that "SGML validity according to the specified DTD" is 
appropriate at this location. 

I would much rather simplify, shorten the text and have it link to the FAQ than slap in concepts that 
even docs/sgml.html do not start to explain.
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