Coding Horror: HTML Validation: Does It Matter?: Interesting comments from Jeff Atwood about HTML validation and whether or not it matters.
The whole HTML validation exercise is questionable, but validating as XHTML is flat-out masochism. Only recommended for those that enjoy pain. Or programmers. I can’t always tell the difference.
Anyway, we validated as the much saner HTML 4.01 strict, and even then I’m not sure it was worth the time we spent. So many of these validation rules feel arbitrary and meaningless. And, what’s worse, some of them are actively harmful.