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Fatal Error: Empty document, with no root element

From: Garrett Sutherland <garrett2222@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2015 18:26:56 -0400
Message-Id: <2BBAA0B7-6729-45E1-8B14-7C7170336AB1@gmail.com>
To: www-validator@w3.org

I am taking an HTML class, but believe I know enough to say there is something wrong with the validator. Attached is the most basic html file I could imagine. There is the skeleton with charset defined and hello in the body (i’ll copy it below in case opening attachments isn’t allowed). Still this error persists!

"Fatal Error: Empty document, with no root element”  

Am I missing something or is it the validator?

Thanks, Garrett Sutherland

<!DOCTYPE html>

    <title>Page Title</title>
    <meta charset="UTF 8" />
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