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Re: --->Please make sure you specified the DOCTYPE properly

From: <Robert.W.Blackburn@apcc.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2001 09:53:05 -0400
To: www-validator@w3.org, www-validator-request@w3.org
Message-ID: <OF819805CD.5E22CF72-ON85256A96.004A51B6@ams.apc.com>

Sorry, my first message was not very clear.
Any URI will give me this message, for example http://www.yahoo.com or
The URI's work fine for me when I use the validator on
http://validator.w3.org , but my local copy is where I get the error, so I
would assume it has something to do with the way I installed it (I have
VERY limited knowledge of Perl, I'm a CFML programmer)

BTW: If I can get this to work, I will see what I can do for the UPS Web
Management interface. :o)
Trust me that's not the only thing that needs cleaning,... please, nobody
validate www.apcc.com, its not pretty.

On 26.07.01 at 17:00, Robert.W.Blackburn@apcc.com wrote:

>     Uh oh! I got the following unknown error: D:
>     \webroot\validate\sp\bin\nsgmls.exe:0:157:96:E: invalid comment
>     declaration: found name character outside comment but inside comment
>     declaration Please make sure you specified the DOCTYPE properly!

As others have said, it's very difficult to diagnose this problem without
seeing the document in question, but judging from that error message you
have something like the following in the input:

<!-- comment #1 -- garbage -- comment #2 -->

Comments in SGML are tricky beasts. The full set of comments must be
cntained within "<!" and ">". In addition, each comment (there can be more
then one) must be delimited on each side with "--".

  -- comment #1 --
  -- comment #2 --

The string "garbage" is _not_ a comment in this case, and would probably
generate the error message you see. Complex interactions of comments and
other elements (not to mention scripts!) may confuse this issue

Please try to reduce this to the smallest example that will generate that
error message and post it to the list. Hopefully we'll be able to figure
out what's going on, how to fix it, and maybe add a better error
explanation for this error in future versions.

  BTW, does this mean your UPS Web Management interface will be
  valid HTML now? -link, happy user of about 50 Smart-UPS 1000. :-)
Received on Friday, 27 July 2001 10:02:26 UTC

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