Thread Subject: Web Gap: Valid and Well-formed Code
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From: Smith, Jamie
Date: Tue, Feb 27 2007 9:40 PM
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On the web gap page there was a question if 508 should address the issue of valid and/or well-formed code. I believe that it should. In Florida, the law now says follow 508. It was a legal decision. Standards are based on 508. I still see web sites without a dtd. How can such a site even be tested? I use standard valuators such as dreamweaver provides. It uses the dtd, if I'm not mistaken to validate the code. Can we test well-formed but not valid? If yes, what is used to test well-formed. I believe standard based coding is a first step to "accessibility" - not that I equate the two. But if the code is not validated, how can an accessibility tester be reliable if can even be used. It seems like 508 is concerned with testability.
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