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Re: Validator is not working properly

From: olivier Thereaux <ot@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2005 06:31:50 +0900
Message-Id: <499ef1989e61360fab82457101023910@w3.org>
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
To: rahul gupta <rahul.gupta@tenongroove.com>

On Jun 21, 2005, at 19:22, rahul gupta wrote:
>  I am sending a file "tng.htm", which is I am trying
> to validate
> and its result generated by my w3c-validator on LAN,
> loose.dtd is
> available there(, where RED is
> my web application and I am trying to validate all
> web-pages of this application though my w3c-validator
> on intranet.

You need not mirror the loose.dtd on your intranet: the validator, and 
most SGML applications as far as I can tell, will prefer the FPI 
("-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN") to the SI 
(""). You may read 
http://validator.w3.org/docs/sgml.html if you don't know what I am 
talking about, but basically, this is not relevant to your problem, and 
as Fred suggested, you should use the "classic" doctype declaration for 
HTML 4.01.

If I take the tng.html you attached, it validates without any problem 
in e.g http://validator.w3.org/. This proves that the problem is with 
your validator instance... but we knew that.

The fact that your validator says that "the document is invalid" 
without giving any error is a common symptom of a broken, our outdated, 
opensp. Test it:
- in your validator.conf, find the line that gives the path for 
onsgmls. It should be something like /usr/bin/onsgmls or 
- from the command line, run `/path/to/onsgmls -v` The version given 
should be > 1.5

What I suspect from your original report that "the validator stopped 
working all of a sudden" is that a system upgrade (perhaps automatic) 
replaced the proper onsgmls with a bad version. Testing it as written 
above may confirm that.

Received on Tuesday, 21 June 2005 21:32:04 UTC

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