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Re: Validation error

From: Julien ÉLIE <julien.elie@wanadoo.fr>
Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2004 09:39:13 +0200
Message-ID: <411B1EA1.5080108@wanadoo.fr>
To: www-validator@w3.org


> It is generally best to post the URL of a page; that way others can see
> the entire document as well as the HTTP headers, which are relevant
> especially when character encoding problems are involved.

All right ; I am sorry for the problems I could have brought along.
I shall not do it again.

> The validator seems to highlight things sometimes wrongly, so that the
> error appears to be in a location quite different from the real one.

And do you know whether this behaviour is scheduled to be fixed ?
Because it should be better if the right character was highlighted,
for people not to wonder what is wrong...

> In practical terms, ISO-8859-15 is useless on the Web. Most browsers don't
> support it, and anything you can do in ISO-8859-15 can be done easily
> using ISO-8859-1 and a few character references (and, if desired, the
> entity reference &euro;).

Yes, you are right. In fact, I use ISO-8859-15 because I am used to it
in mails (for French characters). But as you mention it, entities can be
used in HTML pages, so it is better for compatibility to use ISO-8859-1.
When you say « most browsers », which ones do you speak about ?
Internet Explorer, Firefox and Netscape, which are the most used, support it.
Is not it a minority of people (and not browsers) which do not support it ?
By the way, if ISO-8859-15 is not supported, do not they switch to
ISO-8859-1 ? (which also renders very well the page)

Thanks for your help.

Received on Thursday, 12 August 2004 08:29:00 UTC

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