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Re: Xhtml /CSS validator- umlaut problem

From: <cwdjrx@webtv.net>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2001 16:51:56 -0500 (CDT)
To: derhoermi@gmx.net (Bjoern Hoehrmann), cwdjrx@webtv.net
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <18846-3B7C407C-53@storefull-134.iap.bryant.webtv.net>
  Thank you. I have just exchanged e-mail with LLoyd Wood on the
subject. The problem can be solved by writing "&auml;" instead  of
However the question remains as to why the CSS validator requires this
only for umlauts and not for other special character marks in French,
etc. Moreover, if one validates in html 4.01 strict rather than xhtml
1.0 strict, the problem goes away. In short, if the DOCTYPE is for xhtml
strict, the CSS validator finds  a fatal error and stops at the first
umlaut. If the DOCTYPE is changed to 4.01 strict, the CSS validator
gives perfect validation. The mentioned page now has a 4.01 strict
DOCTYPE to cure the problem until I have time to add all of the &auml;
etc. so that I can change the DOCTYPE back to xhtml strict. Surely there
must be a better way.
  The message from Björn Höhrmann is below:
  "cwdjrx@webtv.net wrote: 
    In xhtml strict one can have umlauts and obtain perfect
validation. For example see 
http://www.wtv-zone.com/cwdjrsxyz/rheingau.html However when one goes to
the CSS validator, the first umlaut produces 
a fatal error that stops validation and gives an error message. Umlauts
are very important in writing German, and the same marks are used in
Turkish and some other languages. In German one can solve the problem by
writing , for example, spaetlese instead of the correct spätlese as is
often done when using an old English typewriter that does not have
umlauts. Surely the correct marks are as important in German as in
French where there are no problems with marks. Is there any way to
overcome this problem? 
By writing valid XHTML, I suppose. Please take a look at the CSS
Validator FAQ, http://www.websitedev.de/css/validator-faq#encoding 
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