[thelist] Google Pagerank & Validation

Norman Bunn norman.bunn at mindspring.com
Thu Oct 18 13:16:34 CDT 2001

Sure should be technicallly feasible, but I'm not sure the majority of
searchers care whether a page passes W3C validation or not.  I only care
that it displays in a usable fashion in my browser.

I would think that companies that own web sites would be interested in
validation as well as web development firms.  However, the ability to use
the site in the vast majority of browsers would still be the focus and not
whether it passes validation.


> Two things:
> 1. Would it be a good idea to incorporate some sort of W3 validation
> checker into Google's (or any other search engine's) pagerank scheme? My
> idea is that pages that have fewer or no accessibility/w3 validation
> errors would get a slightly higher pagerank. How would this affect the
> quality of the results? As soon as word got out that validated web pages
> score higher in Google, you can sure bet that web programmers around the
> world will be scrambling to get their pages up to snuff...
> 2. Is it technically possible?
> So what do you folks think?
> Beau

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