Since I made a post whose title included double-quotes on my WordPress-powered site, the W3C's validator has been whining at me:


because the page now contains double-quote-delimited "title" attributes whose value, from the validator's point of view, includes double-quotes.

However, the actual source contains the relevant numeric character references (&#8220; and &#8221;), not the quote characters themselves.

From my reading of the relevant part of the spec:
the words "Authors may also use numeric character references to represent double quotes" suggest that the validator is wrong to treat the quotes in the "title" attributes as quotes - it could be said to have parsed them too early, if you will.

Does anybody agree that this is a bug in the validator (in which case I'll file a bug report), or am I missing something?


Nick Fitzsimons

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