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Validating Search Engines' Markup

It's something I never noticed before. and don't validate ( does). I don't know, but to me this smacks of "real world usage" versus the spec – not sure which one lies in err.


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    Google and YAHOO is known for creating some of the worst markup ever found on the web. I suppose it's because their services will be found by their search engines no matter what, so it's bad ROI to actually read the HTML specification.

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    I personally think it is more important to do QA testing in as many environments as possible, and then modify the site to be consistent in as many of those environments as possible, rather than focusing on writing code that validates. Don't get me wrong, validation is a good place to start, but at the end of the day, it matters how it works for the user, regardless of how beautiful it is under the hood.

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