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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Google Boomerang

Blogger, the Google-owned engine behind this blog, just went final with a major new rev. But it continues to generate massively invalid XHTML, and there's nothing authors can do -- it's bugs in the new templating system. This page you're reading, for example, gets 864 validation errors as of today.

Arne Bleijs made this pithy observation:

I suddenly remember some quotes from the annual conference of the
American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), this summer in Boston. After Sir Tim Berners-Lee held a keynote speech about the Semantic Web. Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google challenged him afterwards:

"What I get a lot is: 'Why are you against the Semantic Web?' I am not against the Semantic Web. But from Google's point of view, there are a few things you need to overcome, incompetence being the first," Norvig said. Norvig clarified that it was not Berners-Lee or his group that he was referring to as incompetent, but the general user."

"We deal with millions of Web masters who can't configure a server, can't write HTML. It's hard for them to go to the next step. "

Somehow this sounds like a Google Boomerang hitting Blogger Beta. How can it be possible that Google complains about incompetent webmasters and is not able to produce valid XHTML?

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