I am a long time Validator customer and currently testing the 7 Beta. It looks much nicer and I am fond of the improvements.
Unfortunately I also encounter issues that are worse than in 6.5. 7 Beta is reporting a whole lot more error messages, some of them quite annoying. For example I am getting the error message:
All the tables this message is referring to are correct using 'colspan'. Since the page I was checking is script generated it contains a lot of these tables and Validator stopped checking due to too many error messages.This table doesn't appear to have the same number of cells in each of its 5 rows. Number of cells in each row, starting with the first row: 6, 5, 5, 5, 5. Note that for the purposes of this message, a table cell with a "colspan" or "rowspan" value greater than 1 is considered to be multiple cells.
If Validator is not able to figure out cell and row numbers from valid HTML code then leave it alone. I cannot understand that you guys make an error message out of a "guess"! (Compare the error text: "...doesn't appear to have..."). At least turn these issues into a warning message.
Having faced this effect I was trying to look for a way to especially switch this error message of. Unforunately I didn't find anything. The Flags feature seems to be something like that but I was unable to trace this specific error message to its flags number. Text searches through the help page were pretty disappointing.
Suggestion: When reporting an error message indicate the flags number it belongs to. So one can easily switch it off.
Anyways, thanks for a great program that acompanies me for a long time now.