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Re: Prominence of Validation Confirmation Message...

From: Einar Westermann <einar.westermann@online.no>
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 13:18:58 +0200
Message-ID: <396DA5A2.E71C6E80@online.no>
To: www-validator@w3.org
I don't think that is what he means, actually. How could the validator output be used to impress
site visitors?

The validator output might have had a prominent "no errors found" message, to distinguish it
more easily from a result page with error listings. Surely this is a usability issue pertaining
to the validation service. (But a minor issue, I think. The coloured icon is easy to spot.)


Kynn Bartlett wrote:
> At 11:43 PM -0500 7/12/00, ClintonGallagher wrote:
> ><!-- At 3:43 PM -0500 7/12/00, ClintonGallagher wrote:
> ><!-- >I would like to see "No Errors Found" confirmation
> ><!-- >displayed as the very first text on the page,
> ><!-- >displayed very large, displayed very bold.

> Ahhhh, _I_ see the problem here!
> You're looking for validation as an _award_ of some kind, and thus
> you want the results to be PROUDLY DISPLAYED for all to see!  You
> view this as a flashy feather in your hat, and thus you want THE
> W3C'S APPROVAL (in big letters, even!) on your work!
> See, the problem here is that the W3C validator isn't meant to be
> that.  It's not a brag server.  It's just a tool, to make sure your
> HTML works and is valid.
> As such, it does the job just fine, based on the purpose.  The purpose
> isn't to impress your site visitors; it's a tool for _you_.  The
> current output is sufficient for -that- purpose.
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