[whatwg] [html5] tags, elements and generated DOM

Lachlan Hunt lachlan.hunt at lachy.id.au
Wed Apr 6 05:36:26 PDT 2005

Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> Lachlan Hunt wrote:
>> Olav Junker Kjær wrote:
>>> Lachlan Hunt wrote:
>>>> Validators should not be non-conformant simply because they only do 
>>>> their job to validate a document and nothing else.  I don't see any 
>>>> reason why such a statement needs to be included at all.
> I don't see anything about validators. I only read about "Conformance 
> checkers".

In the note in that section [1]:

| Conformance checkers that only perform validation are non-conformant,

In fact, now that I've read it again, it seems rather contradictory. 
Just before the note, it states:

| Conformance checkers are exempt from detecting errors that require
| interpretation of the author's intent (for example, while a document
| is non-conformant if the content of a blockquote element is not a
| quote, conformance checkers do not have to check that blockquote
| elements only contain quoted material).

I would argue that conformance requirements that cannot be expressed by 
a DTD *are* constraints that require interpretation by the author. 
Therefore, that section seems to be saying that validators are exempt 
from checking some things, but are non-conformant for not checking them 

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