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Re: Error Message Feedback

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2005 14:12:35 +1100
Message-ID: <43828CA3.7030806@lachy.id.au>
To: Joe Roberts <joeroberts1@bellsouth.net>
CC: www-validator@w3.org

Joe Roberts wrote:
> I am curious to know why I get a relatively large number of errors
> with your program when Dreamweaver's "Clean up HTML" command
> indicates no errors!!

That is indeed very odd, but regardless of what Dreamweaver tells you, 
you should trust what this validator tells you.  My experience with 
Dreamweaver is that it's validator will report a lot of bogus errors 
rather than fail to report actual errors and thus any markup that 
Dreamweaver claims to be valid will actually be valid.

However, Dreamweaver's validator is very poor and it may be that it is 
configured to validate XHTML 1.0 Strict, for example, although your 
documents may actually claim to be HTML 4.01, or something else that 
Dreamweaver thinks is valid according to its settings.

I've had acceptable results with the following settings, as the defaults 
weren't very good in older versions, though they seem to have improved 
in Dreamweaver 8.

If you're running Windows, choose Edit > Preferences...
If your're on a Mac, choose Dreamweaver > Preferences...

In the validator options, check HTML 4.0 or XHTML 1.0 Strict and uncheck 
everything else.  Just make sure this matches the actual DOCTYPE you've 
included in your documents.
Then click the Options button
* uncheck the option to "Check for: Quotes in text".
* Ensure everything else is checked.

Then run the validator and see if it improves the accuracy of the results.

Lachlan Hunt
Received on Tuesday, 22 November 2005 03:12:58 UTC

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