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Re: On validator and reality

From: Jukka K. Korpela <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi>
Date: Fri, 08 Jun 2012 19:04:21 +0300
Message-ID: <4FD22285.4090207@cs.tut.fi>
To: bill kelley <bill@windhome.com>
CC: www-validator@w3.org
2012-06-07 20:17, bill kelley wrote:

> The validator marks any attributes which used to be in the html standard,
> but were removed by people with good intentions, as errors.

No, a markup validator proper checks a document against its formalized 
syntax definition. If you want to use old features, use an old syntax 
definition, called Document Type Definition.

> This is not a usable response as a validator.

A validator has a well-defined job. If you don't want it to do that, 
don't use a validator.

There are various heuristic or pragmatic checkers, or "linters", around. 
Use them if you like what *they* do. If you ask me, there is no decent 
linter for HTML, sadly enough, and I guess I'm too old to write one. 
That's why I use validators, because I know what they do and I know that 
they detect syntax errors in a useful way, even though there are many 
errors and issues that they don't, won't, and can't deal with.

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