Re: [ANN] Beta test of the W3C Markup Validator (0.8.0 beta 1)


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I think you're mixing up issues here.

One is the question of accept headers. On that question I agree in  
principle that the validator could send accept headers - you'll have  
noticed that if you read the thread and bugzilla page. Read, however,  
David's message, who makes an apt *technical* case against it.

The other is the question of (conditionally) serving XHTML 1.1 as  
text/html. The spec says SHOULD NOT. I say "well, if the spec says  
SHOULD NOT, then you should not" and I add that I don't see a good  
reason to do it. The validator issues a warning when you do. That's  
the proper behaviour for a SHOULD NOT.
So... where exactly is the problem?
If you want to do something a spec says you SHOULD NOT do, because  
you think there's a good enough reason, it's your choice. But don't  
come complaining if a conformance checker catches you doing it, and  
issues a warning about it.


Received on Wednesday, 25 April 2007 14:41:51 UTC