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Re: Validator Problem

From: Jukka K. Korpela <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 20:57:18 +0200
Message-ID: <FDA92FB1EB6D448184826A1ADD15291E@JukanPC>
To: <g.gabler@freenet.de>, <www-validator@w3.org>
g.gabler@freenet.de wrote:

> I am the webmaster of http://www.mode-shop.org and we had some
> troubles when using the W3 validator.
> We recieved an error with this line of html code:

I see an empty line. The page http://www.mode-shop.org validates OK. So what 
is the problem?

> The Validator did not like the closed tag.

Validators are just dull programs. They don't have emotions.

> Shouldn't it be allowd to
> close the meta-tag?

All tags must be closed in all versions of HTML. Methods of closing tags 
vary, though, in theory. Moreover, you may have a problem with closing an 

According to my crystal ball (which is getting rather dim due to heavy use), 
you tried to validate an XHTML document, or a document with XHTML features, 
declared as (e.g.) HTML 4.01. Then you get error messages about e.g. 
constructs like
<meta name="foo" content="bar" />
- not because closing the tag or the element wouldn't be allowed but because 
the slash character (/) has already closed it, by formal HTML 4.01 rules, 
and the greater than sign (>) is then just character data, which isn't 
allowed inside a head element.

Yucca, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/ 
Received on Tuesday, 16 March 2010 18:58:46 UTC

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