Tuesday, 11 September 2001 : "Validity!"Over there at the bottom of my sidebar, I've added two links: How's my HTML? and How's my CSS?. For those unfamiliar with what they are, clicking on either link will cause the page you're coming from to be checked for technical errors in its HTML or CSS code. If I've constructed the page properly, it should return a result 'No errors found!'.
As of right now, both links return the right result. Feel free to check up on me and bug me if errors creep in over time.
The rest of my site doesn't validate perfectly; I've included a workaround for the consistent placement of the corner and side graphics that isn't legal syntax any more, creating at least 4 errors (as an example, see the report for my links page). Sometimes this bothers me; then I look at the dozens of errors in the code from more famous sites and feel better.
Why bother writing valid HTML when browsers are forgiving enough to show even horrifically bad HTML in a pleasing form? Because you can predict the results better across multiple browsers if your HTML is structured properly; because there's no good reason not to; because I wish to show that I actually know what I'm doing; because valid HTML can be shown on more devices with simpler browsers than bad HTML; because it's the Right Thing to do.
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