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Re: Strange problem with Validator

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Jun 2010 18:39:25 -0500
To: "Kelly" <kelly.newell@ntlworld.com>
Message-Id: <01A15D0A-E24D-4ED3-93DC-7B328B8FA4C1@w3.org>
Cc: site-comments help <site-comments@w3.org>, Ted Guild <ted@w3.org>

On 10 Jun 2010, at 6:13 PM, Kelly wrote:

> Hi there,
>
> I have always used your validator to make sure that all the pages  
> for websites that I design are validated. I'm pretty familiar with  
> it and have never had any problems until now. The documents I have  
> been checking are not live websites but .html files that are on my  
> PC that will go live when they are finished.
>
> Last night I had a document that came up with a warning and 3 errors  
> - about character encoding. This didn't make any sense to me as this  
> is something I do first with my documents along with declaring the  
> doctype:
>
> <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
>         "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
> <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
>
> <head>
>
> <title>My webpage</title>
>
> <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=  
> iso-8859-1" />
>
> <link href="w_style.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />
>
> </head>
>
> I thought maybe there was a typo - so I went to check one of my  
> previous websites (that I know validated correctly in the past) but  
> it came up with the same error. After about an hour of trying to  
> find out how to fix it - suddenly all my documents validated again -  
> with no obvious change to the code.
>
> This morning I validated again and I got the green light and all was  
> fine so I carried on with the rest of my code. I went to check the  
> new code that I had written and then again the same Character  
> encoding error, even though I had not changed any of the doctype/ 
> character encoding code pasted above.
>
> It is a very confusing and annoying situation, is there anyone that  
> can tell me why this is happening?

Gremlins!

Kelly, I'll ask internally to see if there were changes being made  
today to the validator.

  _ Ian
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