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Re: W3C HTML Validation Service Results are failing on good pages

From: Tim Bagot <tsb-w3-validator-0004@earth.li>
Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2001 11:59:48 +0000 (UTC)
To: <www-validator@w3.org>
cc: Jonathan Wilson <wilson@claborn.net>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.33.0107071155210.1183-100000@windle.hack>
At 2001-07-07T07:35-0400, Christian Smith wrote:-

> On Friday, July 6, 2001 at 14:46, wilson@claborn.net (Jonathan Wilson)
> wrote:

> > The error is, it complains about a lack of closing tags on all brakes
> > (br tags), and also for img. I have never used ending tags for br or
> > img, and in fact I have never seen a page that does use endings for
> > those tags.
>
> My guess is that your pages have an XHTML doctype and that the validator
> is correct. If you can provide a reference to a page that generates these
> errors we'll be better able to evaluate the problem and determine whether
> or not this is a bug in the validator or the HTML.

Almost. The validator output attached to Jonathan Wilson's message
contains "Error: no document type declaration; will parse without
validation". Clearly, in the absence of a DTD, it is impossible to tell
which end tags are meant to be optional.

Tim Bagot
Received on Saturday, 7 July 2001 07:59:52 GMT

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