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Re: Textarea problem

From: Jukka K. Korpela <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi>
Date: Thu, 3 Jun 2004 08:34:01 +0300 (EEST)
To: "Sam - fluffyland.com" <webmistress@fluffyland.com>
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.58.0406030827010.7143@korppi.cs.tut.fi>

On Mon, 31 May 2004, Sam - fluffyland.com wrote:

> I suggest that the XHTML validator is changed
> so that text within a textarea does not apply..

There is no such thing as XHTML validator. There is a markup validator,
which you may use for validating documents that use an XHTML doctype.

>if I have textareas on
>my page, for example, it says that the a href tag cannot appear there.

If the validator were changed that way, it would not be a validator any

You can yourself create a document type definition that allows elements
(markup) inside a textarea element, and validate against it. I don't know
what this could be good for, but maybe you have some application in your
mind. Throwing such markup at poor little Web browsers would give
unpredictable results.

> Thank you for such a wonderful resource!

Unfortunately it seems that you have completely misunderstood what a
validator is and what it does; for a short explanation (well, not very
short; it's not as short as possible, but probably shorter), see

Jukka "Yucca" Korpela, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/
Received on Thursday, 3 June 2004 01:34:06 UTC

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