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Re: Confusion on Web site Errors

From: Michael Adams <linux_mike@paradise.net.nz>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2006 00:04:39 +1300
To: www-validator@w3.org
Message-id: <20060311000439.7a18e4f4.linux_mike@paradise.net.nz>

On Thu, 09 Mar 2006 17:34:06 -0800 (PST)
Chris Ballay <ballay05@yahoo.com> wrote:

> To Whom It May Concern:
>   I currently own the web site MySportsHaven.com.  I was in the
>   process of adding Google's Adsense to my site.  In order to add
>   Adsense I have check my site for any errors.  So I went to the site
>   and 33 errors came up for www.mysportshaven.com.  I am so lost on
>   where to even begin as far as fixing these problems so I can finally
>   get Adsense on my site.  I would very much appreciate your
>   assistance during my time of need.  Here is an example of something
>   confusing...
>   Error Line 1 column 0: no document type declaration; implying
> <HTML>
>     The checked page did not contain a document type ("DOCTYPE")
>     declaration. The Validator has tried to validate with a fallback
>     DTD, but this is quite likely to be incorrect and will generate a
>     large number of incorrect error messages. It is highly recommended
>     that you insert the proper DOCTYPE declaration in your document --
>     instructions for doing this are given above -- and it is necessary
>     to have this declaration before the page can be declared to be
>     valid. 
>   Now how am I suppose to know where this error is?  I am making my
>   site through godaddy.com so you can understand the difficulty on
>   know which page this error pertains to.  All it says is Line 1
>   Column 0.  I looked at your site's instructions on using the correct
>   doc't type, but it was very hard to comprehend.  Again, I hope you
>   can help as soon as possible.
>   Thank you for your time,
>   Chris Ballay

On the whole most applications do not produce error free web pages, but
for an app to not prepend a doctype is really bad! Peeps, is this
typical of godaddy.com?

Seems Chris, you need to learn a little about hand coding in (X)HTML
before going much further. Hand coding is the best way of understanding
the errors, and i recommend you find an authoritative book on the

 Those that can, do; those that can't, teach.
Received on Friday, 10 March 2006 10:55:57 UTC

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