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Re: Bug in online validator?

From: Ville Skyttä <ville.skytta@iki.fi>
Date: 22 Sep 2002 15:38:57 +0300
To: Kevin Krause <kevin@sutje.de>
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
Message-Id: <1032698338.1681.19.camel@bobcat.ods.org>

On Sun, 2002-09-22 at 00:45, Kevin Krause wrote:

> I just used http://validator.w3.org/ to validate one of my HTML
> documents. It was all good (so the validator said), but at a closer look
> I realized that my document starts with
> <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">
> <html>
> but ends with
> </body>
> so I obviously forgot the </html> tag. Thus it was not supposed to
> validate as correct, or am I wrong?

The </html> end tag is optional in HTML 4.01:

> Anyway, thanks a lot for providing the great online service, its ease of
> use (and the fact that it's just a right-mouse-click in Opera) give me
> great motivation to write standards compliant HTML, which I do
> exclusively now.

While you're at it, why not use the strict DTD, or even better, the
XHTML 1.0 (strict) DTD...

\/ille Skyttä
ville.skytta at iki.fi
Received on Sunday, 22 September 2002 08:39:25 UTC

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