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Re: Question regarding HTML validation

From: Eric Bednarz <lists@bednarz.nl>
Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2006 03:17:07 +0200
To: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <op.tfx5utt8hsy0uf@windoof>

<ktsiara@otenet.gr> wrote:

> Our customer suggests
> another HTML validator tool because they claim that the W3C Validator
> is not very strict when validating HTML content.

Make that 'SGML content', and I agree.  I've been using NSGMLS locally for  
years and never had any funny issues.

> The tool our client suggests (CSE HTML Validator) generates some
> different results when validating the documents.

That's a lint, not a validator; a validator checks conformance to a  
generalised machine-processable syntax, a lint reflects the opinions of  
its author and asks you to trust that ("I'll be careful, baby" & "the  
check is in the post" come to mind).

> Can you please verify if we are XHTML 1.0 Transitional
> compliant if we only use your validation tool,

The W3C validator as is cannot really validate X(HT)ML (but then, CSE  
cannot 'validate' anything; be nice and file a lawsuit).  The 'valid'  
resource might not even be well-formed (but SGML-valid all the same).

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