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Re: summary page

From: Andre-John Mas <ajmas@sympatico.ca>
Date: Fri, 2 May 2008 08:00:19 -0400
Cc: Rick Merrill <rickmerrill@comcast.net>, movingpictures4u@yahoo.com
Message-Id: <4E3C0218-1BF3-44EF-9643-18886595974F@sympatico.ca>
To: W3org <www-validator@w3.org>

One thing I have always wondered is why more tools don't simply move  
to XHTML. The thinking here is that, since XML is being used, it is  
much easier to a tool to self-validate, since your document must not  
break XML syntax, especially if it is using an XML engine, and can  
also be compared against a style sheet. Additionally the CDATA  
sections means that certain content, such as Javascript does not need  
to be escaped in all instances. In saying this I am not saying that  
XHTML is better than HTML, just that it is more suited to machine  
parsing for the point mentioned above.

If you are interested in web validation statistics you may be  
interested in:


As to adding the statistics to the W3 page, I wonder whether it would  
change the attitude much of web tools. I suspect it would more incite  
the developers to make the result page to go anonymous about the  
creation engine, than improve the engine itself (I am cynical). Also,  
how do you make the difference between a page that was not tweaked by  
someone after it did a first pass through the editor and one that was  
not? Lastly, are people using tools such as Dreamweaver or Front Page  
going bother validating their page - they might well do, but I imagine  
them being in the minority.


> --- On Thu, 5/1/08, Rick Merrill <rickmerrill@comcast.net> wrote:
> From: Rick Merrill <rickmerrill@comcast.net>
> Subject: web site programming.
> To: www-validator@w3.org
> Date: Thursday, May 1, 2008, 3:53 PM
> I have a suggestion to float: How about adding a summary
> page on the Validator web site where users (like us) can
> add Validator results based on what software was used.
> For example,
> DreamWeaver: 15 pages;  25 errors; html 4.0 transitional
> etc.
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