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Validator acting strange

From: Ken Barbalace <kbarbalace@woodardcurran.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2002 10:22:04 -0500 (EST)
Message-ID: <6493A8F0D986D5118B0100508B08EEE9CD052E@nonesuch.nortelnetworks.com>
To: "'www-validator@w3.org'" <www-validator@w3.org>
I'm not sure where the problem lies, but I use Opera 6.01 to validate my
code using the "validate source" option on the context sensitive menu.  Over
the past couple of days I've noticed that the W3C Validator has been acting
a little erratically.  Quite frequently it has been returning the validation
Error: illegal character number 0
Line 226, column 32:

When it does this, the error gets repeated several dozen times only the
column position changes incrementally.  The next time I try to validate the
same page (with no changes) the Validator may very well state that the page
validates correctly.  I'm not sure what the character '' is, and it is not
in the source code.  This has been happening across a wide range of web
pages, and again it is a recent occurrence.  I use the Validator constantly
(especially when creating dynamic pages that are very problematic to get
right when coding), and have never noticed this problem before.  Quite
frequently over the past two maybe three days I have been noticing frequent
server configuration error pages coming from the W3C Validator as opposed to
the normal validation results page.

If I could be of any other assistance, I'd be more than happy to answer any
questions that might help track this problem down.  As the pages I'm
currently working on are on an Intranet and unavailable to the public, I can
not point anyone to an URL where the problem occurs.

Kindest regards,

Kenneth Barbalace
Woodard & Curran
41 Hutchins Drive
Portland ME 04102
207-774-2112 x3367 
Received on Wednesday, 6 March 2002 13:04:23 UTC

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