Thankyou for the reply.
That post and trac ticket are two years old, just FYI. We've changed default theme (twice) since then.
I am aware of that - and two years on the problem is still not fixed. Or more accurately wordpress has decided it's not a problem because they think their interpretation of accessibility is better than the international body that sets it.
A quick check on the current default (2011) and I get 34 Errors, 1 warning. Of the 34 errors, they're all directly related to bad HTML I put in posts intentionally (don't ask) and "Bad value EditURI for attribute rel ..."
I get 16 errors that are not due to anything I've done but your mileage may vary. What would be nice if there was an XHTML template as well as HTML5. HTML5 is still rather "new."
2011 is w3c friendly. W3C's validations are inconsistent with their own documentation.
2011 is not w3c validator friendly and therefore it is not w3c friendly. I don't know if there is inconsistent documentation or it's just a different interpretation. I do know that - rather than blaming the validator or the w3c - other content management software (squaresoft, movable type) somehow manage to validate. And really, that's all I want.
I'm not interested in the reasons/excuses for why wordpress doesn't validate - I'd just like it fixed. Some people get picky, look up the validator and then tell me "it's not valid!! what are you doing wrong??" They're not going to be interested in the official excuse you've just given.
I'm new to these forums - is there any official channel where users can put in feature requests for new versions?
Sigh. Sorry if I sound frustrated but this is rather vexing...