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Documentation of Character Coding

From: Meg Crockett <meg_crockett@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2005 12:42:56 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <20051019194256.52943.qmail@web51110.mail.yahoo.com>
To: www-validator@w3.org

I guess I am dumber than the average HTML coder,  but
I always have an awful time with the validator at
http://validator.w3.org/check.  This time, I am trying
to get my first page of all of my sites to pass for
XHTML.  I can only get a tentative because it cannot
find character encoding.  But I simply cannot
understand your documentation.  I don't want long
descriptions, or slide shows.  I want about 3 examples
which are exactly how they should appear in the code
including brackets.  Then I'd like about 2 other
examples of how you might slightly modify these if
your situation were different than the first three.
Then a table to use to find all the likely differences
so you could tell what to put in if you live in outer
Mongolia and have some obsure system, or whatever
other considerations one needs to include.  

It would also be nice if the pages on this site which
purport to have passed this validication had something
in their code which might pass for me, but of course
they don't.  Nor do they look at all like the examples
which are provided, which is yet another puzzle.

I can't help but think that more people would validate
their pages if this character encoding lack of
documentation were not such a huge hurtle.  I cannot
believe character encoding is really that complicated.

If there is any other documentation which is easier to
understand, I would a love a pointer to it, so I might
actually fix my first page, and then move on to all
the hundreds and hundreds of other pages I have.


Meg Crockett

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