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PS to:Your system snubbed me with blank pages!

From: Jon Richfield <richfield@telkomsa.net>
Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2007 10:19:10 +0200
Message-ID: <46F4CFFE.10208@telkomsa.net>
To: www-validator@w3.org

different way, but which in other ways matched one of my files that 
returned one of the blank screens.  HIS file worked and came back 
diagnosed as valid.  So does the tiny "Internal Server Error" page's 
source.   A day later MINE still gets the blank screen, whereas another 
file gets the server error.  So it doesn't look like a transient error.

I now have tried the validation by direct input, with identical results.

One way or another, I should be grateful for assistance, whether 
cheerful or on a note of strained patience!



Yesterdays' message:

Hello folks,

I am a newbie on the W3 scene.  For my first try I am trying to validate
an HTML book by uploading, for Gutenberg submission.  First W3
complained because my "TIDYed" file had an A0 character.  Fair enough.
Uploading seemed to work.

I stripped the file, replacing A0s with 20s, re-TIDYed it, and
re-submitted it.  W3 mulled over this notionally clean file for a few
minutes (it is about a 470K file, nothing monumental, and I am on a
broad-band connection.  In fact there seems to be very little data being
swapped during the pause.) Then it came back with NOTHING.  White
screen.  I am using an up-to-date Firefox on W2K.  I tried a few
variations on the theme without anything but assorted server errors.
example: a 500:


  Internal Server Error

The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was
unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator, [no address given] and inform
them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done
that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

Apache/2.2.6 (Debian) Server at validator.w3.org Port 80


I then tried to save the blank page and inspect its contents.  I got
about 6K of HTML,  which if I feed it as a file to Firefox,   says
things like:


  Markup Validation Service <file:///E:/Scanning/Entom/>

Check the markup (HTML, XHTML) of Web documents

    * *Jump To:*
    * Error(s) blocking validation

    Sorry! This document can not be checked.



Etc.  I doubt that this is the intent of the message, because why is it
white on the original?

>NOTE: Whenever possible, give the address of the document you were 

The file is a conventionally named E:\Scanning\Entom\EntomJ\EN070920.htm

I submitted it by clicking on the browse button, clicking on the
displayed file, clicking on the CHECK button, and waiting.  That worked
for the files with errors in them.

Now guys, I am sure I am doing something really stupid, but how about a
clue?  Please?

Jon Richfield.
Received on Monday, 24 September 2007 04:43:56 UTC

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