Inspired by MikeyC’s comments during the Ontario provincial election, I decided to check the Web sites belonging to Toronto’s mayoralty candidates to see how many, if any, validated. Half of the forty-four candidates had at least one site listed with the city.
Minor errors are understandable, and can easily happen, but that wasn’t the problem with the vast majority.
On the whole, the “fringe” candidates fared the best with most having fewer errors than four of the five top candidates (the exception amongst the main contenders was John Tory’s site with only 28 errors). The candidate site that came closest to validating was Barry Pletch. His site had only two minor errors.
Sixty percent of the top candidates didn’t declare a character encoding (77 percent of fringe sites did). Only eight of the 22 sites declared a DOCTYPE (60 percent of the top candidates didn’t; 65 percent of the fringe sites didn’t either).
By the numbers
|Michael Brausewetter||Bad hostname|
|Gerald Derome: Site 1/Site 2/Site 3||No/No/No||Yes/Yes/No||85/17/14|
Despite the lack of support for Web standards, the man who should be Toronto’s next mayor—David Miller—will still get my vote on election day.
If you are part of a campaign, and do get your site to validate, please let me know.