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Re: [VE][68] Error Message Feedback

From: Jukka K. Korpela <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi>
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2006 20:58:09 +0300 (EEST)
To: Heinz Becker <vl@montreal.goethe.org>
cc: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.64.0610092023480.1951@mustatilhi.cs.tut.fi>
On Sun, 8 Oct 2006, Heinz Becker wrote:

> <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">

Please post the URL in future, not a copy of the code. It's _much_ more 
useful to post the URL, especially since HTTP headers may matter _a lot_.

> The tag at the end of /body is there but the checker does not find it –
> don’t get it

It's not the </body> tag (which is better written that way rather than 
with a space, </body >, though this is not formally relevant)

> Validating Error [68]: "end tag for X omitted, but its declaration does not
> permit this"

I'm pretty sure you saw a more specific error message than that. It cannot 
relate to </body>, since </body> is optional in HTML 4.01. You probably 
have a missing </table> somewhere.

> [ Add your message/question here.
>  Follow the instructions at
> http://validator.w3.org/feedback.html#errormsg ]

To validator people: this simply does not work. I'd suggest that you stop 
using such links in the error messages and instead make it clear, on the 
validator's main page, what the recommended procedure in problem cases is:
- read the explanations; give them some time
- check the FAQ
- if problems remain, re-read the explanations and the FAQ; your problem 
_is_ there
- if problems still remain, send a message to ... and specify the URL of 
your problem page and the line number and the code number of the error 
message that you don't understand.

-- 
Jukka "Yucca" Korpela, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/
Received on Monday, 9 October 2006 17:58:27 GMT

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