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Re: Newbie just getting his feet wet...

From: Paul Stanley <pauls@cox-internet.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 15:38:47 -0600
Message-ID: <003401c1b59f$fcb48100$6401a8c0@coxinternet.com>
To: "www-validator" <www-validator@w3.org>
Well, gee, thanks for such a prompt reply. And correct, too:-)

I looked through the HTML 4.0 spec (which I downloaded from the w3c site) and I can't find anything anywhere that states that this meta tag must appear in the <head>. Did I miss something, or is this just one of those "either you know it or you don't" things? (By the way, I have an extensive background both in programming and in spec authorship, so these sorts of things are neither surprising nor unexpected.)

I made the corrections that John suggested. Now what? (I promise! I'm almost done with silly-a** questions...for now...)

----- Original Message ----- 
From: John McCain 
To: Paul Stanley 
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2002 2:55 PM
Subject: Re: Newbie just getting his feet wet...

The <meta> tag is supposed to occur within the <head> tag.  You don't have a <head> tag, so this is confusing the parser.


 HTML Validation Service Results
      Server:  Zeus/3.4 
      Detected Character Encoding:  utf-8 
      Select Character Encoding:   (detect automatically)utf-8 (Unicode, worldwide)iso-8859-1 (Western Europe)iso-8859-2 (Central Europe)iso-8859-3 (Maltese)iso-8859-4 (Baltic Rim)iso-8859-5 (Cyrillic)iso-8859-6-i (Arabic)iso-8859-7 (Greek)iso-8859-8-i (Hebrew)iso-8859-9 (Turkish)iso-8859-10 (Latin 6)iso-8859-13 (Latin 7)iso-8859-14 (Celtic)iso-8859-15 (Latin 9)us-ascii (basic English)euc-jp (Japanese, Unix)shift_jis (Japanese, Win/Mac)iso-2022-jp (Japanese, email)euc-kr (Korean)gb2312 (Chinese, simplified)big5 (Chinese, traditional)tis-620 (Thai)koi8-r (Russian)koi8-u (Ukrainian)macintosh (MacRoman)windows-1250 (Central Europe)windows-1251 (Cyrillic)windows-1252 (Western Europe)windows-1253 (Greek)windows-1254 (Turkish)windows-1255 (Hebrew)windows-1256 (Arabic)windows-1257 (Baltic Rim)  
      Current Doctype:  HTML 4.0 Frameset 
      Select Doctype:   (detect automatically)XHTML 1.0 StrictXHTML 1.0 TransitionalXHTML 1.0 FramesetHTML 4.01 StrictHTML 4.01 TransitionalHTML 4.01 FramesetHTML 3.2HTML 2.0  
      Options:  Show Source Outline Parse Tree ...no attributes  

Below are the results of attempting to parse this document with an SGML parser. 

  a.. Line 11, column 5: 
  Error: element "BODY" not allowed here; check which elements this element may be contained within 

  b.. Line 15, column 6: 
  Error: missing a required sub-element of "HTML" 


Sorry, this document does not validate as HTML 4.0 Frameset.

If you use CSS in your document, you should also check it for validity using the W3C CSS Validation Service. 


Source Listing
Below is the source input I used for this validation:

   1: <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Frameset//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/frameset.dtd">
   3: <html>
   5: <head>
   6:    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
   7:    <meta name="Author" content="Paul C. Stanley">
   8:    <title>Test Page</title>
   9: </head>
  11: <body>
  12: <p>test text</p>
  13: </body>
  15: </html>
 Gerald Oskoboiny
Last modified: Date: 2001/09/14 04:13:13 

Received on Thursday, 14 February 2002 16:42:51 UTC

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