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Re: let's put an end to INVISIBLE TEXT

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 14:05:39 -0800
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To: Gavin Stokes <gstokes@enteract.com>
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
At 04:09 PM 1/13/2000 , Gavin Stokes wrote:
>So many Web pages suffer from unintentionally invisible text.  It's such an easy problem to prevent, and yet it's rampant.  Certain tools even generate HTML that causes the problem, such as Macromedia Dreamweaver.
>Please add a check for this to the HTML validator.

The validator isn't an all purpose HTML approval tool, it does a
very specific thing -- checks for compliance with the HTML spec
using an SGML parser.

The problem of "making sure text is visible" is a tricky one, and
even more complex when style sheets (which the validator does not
check) are introduced.

You may want to suggest this to the various web site "garages" and
tune-up evaluators, or perhaps Bobby http://www.cast.org/bobby/

Kynn Bartlett  <kynn@idyllmtn.com>                   http://www.kynn.com/
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