Close, But No Validity

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"The maestro says it's Mozart, but it sounds like bubble gum."
Leonard Cohen / Waiting For The Miracle

Posted on November 29, 2004 5:26 AM in Web Development
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Robert Scoble pointed out that the new MSN Search Beta is "the only engine of the three biggies to display in XHTML strict." Okay, so what? Does it validate? It's one thing to add the appropriate DOCTYPE to the top of your page source. It's a whole other thing to actually make sure your source conforms to the DOCTYPE you chose.

Along those lines, though, it is unfortunate that none of the major search engines actually produce valid code (at the time of writing). I'm especially surprised that Google doesn't, given that they have such a simple, streamlined interface. They seem to pay more attention to valid sites in terms of page rank, so it's a bit ironic that they don't practice what their algorithms seem to preach.

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Chu Yeow on November 29, 2004 at 6:58 AM:

It's one thing to add the appropriate DOCTYPE to the top of your page source. It's a whole other thing to actually make sure your source conforms to the DOCTYPE you chose.


Well said!

And yup Google has never had valid HTML AFAIK. There was some talk on an XHTML + CSS version of Google with an example page a while back (can't find it now).

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