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New Error Message Suggestion

From: Ioan Vlad <nick@farne.stanford.edu>
Date: Sun, 6 Jun 2004 19:38:17 -0700 (PDT)
To: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.44.0406061929340.22211-100000@koko.Stanford.EDU>

Dear W3 guys,

I see the www-validator flagging the following thing in my code as a 
mistake, but I think this is rather useful instead of a mistake.

Say I have in my code, among 15 other <div>s,

<div class="footer_universal">

When I close this tag, instead of simply closing it with </div>, I close 
it with 

</div class="footer_universal">

This makes the code much more readable. I "borrowed" this techinque from 
Fortran90, where one can assign names to do loops, ifs, etc, and the 
compiler actually checks if you have nested them correctly looking at the 
names. It would be nice if this property were allowed in HTML. Yes, I 
know, I can simply comment heavily in the code, but this way a machine can 
check if I closed  all the tags in a meaningful way.

Ioan "Nick" Vlad, M.Sc.         (650) 723-1250
www.stanford.edu/people/ivlad   ivlad@stanford.edu

Dept. of Geophysics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-2215
Received on Sunday, 6 June 2004 23:25:05 UTC

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