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example of error that validator misses.

From: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>
Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2002 13:56:52 -0500
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To: www-validator@w3.org
Cc: info@idealliance.org

I understand that the validator only applies DTD constraints and not semantic
constraints expressed in the prose of the [DTD comments and] specification

But I thought you still might be interested in an example of a case where
coding in the page brought me grief and the validator doesn't catch it.

The URI-reference in question is


A bug in the coding of this page is

  <a name="#wai"></a>

Now, there is a semantic error in using a #fragment of #wai and the NAME
'#wai' because the NAME should be 'wai' for the #fragment to be #wai.

Neither Netscape nor Lynx will follow the broken reference, but IE will.

The page is invalid in its own right (without trying to access it by that
URI-reference) because of the requirement that the html:a.name attribute
meet the 'name' syntactic production which requires an alpha character as
the initial character, and hence does not allow a leading hash.  But the
SGML parser doesn't check this, it seems.

Received on Monday, 11 November 2002 13:59:17 UTC

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