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Re: Error Message Feedback

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2005 12:23:47 +1000
Message-ID: <435D9733.4020109@lachy.id.au>
To: taylor@loopwise.com
CC: www-validator@w3.org

Taylor Reaume wrote:
> there is a bunch of errors on that, can you send me a quote on how much it
> would cost for you to fix those errros?  Thanks,

This is not a commercial operation, the volunteers subscribed to this 
list don't offer their services through it.  We can, however, offer 
advice to help you work through the problems yourself.

> for my site http://www.seoarsenal.com

The first thing you need to do is decide which DTD you wish to validate 
against.  This includes an HTML 4.01 Transitional DOCTYPE and an XHTML 
1.0 Strict DOCTYPE.  Based on the XML empty element syntax you've used, 
I'm guessing you want to use XHTML; although for someone with your 
experience, I'd recommend you stick with HTML 4.01 Transitional for now 
and don't use XML syntax (eg. <meta />, <link />, etc.  Take out the / 
from the end and just use <meta>, <link>, etc.).

Use this DOCTYPE and remove the others:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"

Fixing those issues will solve at least the first 10 errors, though 
probably many more that I didn't even look at.

For script elements, instead of using:
   <script language="JavaScript"> ... </script> (or equivalent)
   <script type="text/javascript"> ... </script>

> and also, http://www.loopwise.com

This one is missing the DOCTYPE, so that validator doesn't know which 
DTD to validate against.  However, while including an HTML 4.01 
Transitional DOCTYPE is probably the best option for you, be prepared 
that adding the above DOCTYPE will trigger a more standards compliant 
rendering mode in browsers (lookup DOCTYPE sniffing for more info), 
while at present, they all render in quirks mode.

Use this DOCTYPE instead, at least to start with.

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">

It will allow you to validate, but it won't trigger standards mode in 
browsers, and thus won't appear to break many more things (although such 
things would already be broken, browsers do a reasonable job of recovering).

For the remaining errors, work through them one at a time, be sure to 
read the FAQ entries and search the archives first.  If you still have 
difficulty, let us know which errors in particular you don't understand.

Lachlan Hunt
Received on Tuesday, 25 October 2005 02:25:22 UTC

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