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Question I have... Domain name,iPage web hosting web portals? Hoping for any response. Second question of mine... Help me!! I've been trying, I truly have been trying SO hard to figure this stuff out but for the second day in a row all I got was a pounding headache!.

(I need a crying emoticon!).

Okay, first, I've been using the Validator. The first thing it tells me is this:.

[quote]Warnings.

Warning: No Character Encoding detected! To assure correct validation, processing, and display, it is important that the character encoding is properly labeled. Further explanations..

Below are the results of attempting to parse this document with an SGML parser.[/QUOTE}.

So I'm trying to learn what this is and all the language on there is like Greek to me..

Then, since I understood some of the problems they said were in my code, I tried to fix it but there were a few that are affiliate code and one that is a java code for coloring the scroll bar. Here is what they say:.

Line 142, column 50:.

... bravenet.com/guestbook/show.php?usernum=604743254&cpv=1"><font face="v ....

^Error: unknown entity "cpv".

(guestbook link from bravenet).

Line 192, column 50:.

... ub8.bravenet.com/search2/search.php" method="post">.

^Error: element "FORM" not allowed here; possible cause is an inline element containing a block-level element.

This code is for my search box - also from bravenet..

Line 227, column 68:.

<form action="http://www.zinester.com/cgi/ml_fs.cgi" target="_blank">.

^Error: element "FORM" not allowed here; possible cause is an inline element containing a block-level element.

Then this one is for my newlsetter sign-up - I can't take that off!.

Line 254, column 29:.

<script language="JavaScript">.

^Error: required attribute "TYPE" not specified.

Then this javascript one - what the heck is a type attribute for java? I have the code in there exactly as I copied it..

And this next one! Sheeze - I'm ready to just take the stupid banner off - this is a iPage site I affiliated with:.

Line 275, column 35:.

... /go.htm?go=www.homeindulgences.com&afid=22362&tm=30&im=3" ta ....

^Error: unknown entity "afid".

Line 275, column 50:.

...com/go.htm?go=www.homeindulgences.com&afid=22362&tm=30&im=3" target=" ....

^Error: unknown entity "tm".

Line 275, column 50:.

... o.htm?go=www.homeindulgences.com&afid=22362&tm=30&im=3" target="_top"> ....

^Error: unknown entity "im".

Well, that's more than enough - is there any place that explains this in plain English or is it hopeless for me because I read and read and read and read and I don't know what the h-e-double toothpicks they're saying on there..

Tx, for any guidance or input! Oh - since I'm dumping on you big time here, it also said I do not have this:.

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">.

I got that code from a webmaster iPage site that said that is what most pages use now. how do I know what would be correct for my site? I do have this added in my meta tags:.

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">.

Which the iPage site didn't jump all over me about so I think that is right....

Okay, I'm done. Sorry...

Comments (11)

Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the right answer. I'll do some research and get back to you if I discover an anything. You should email the people at iPage as they probably can help you..

Comment #1

Jeni don't worry about changing everything. just change the one I told you and it should fix it. don't worry I had the same problem just a couple of weeks ago. juast do the little changes I told you and it should all be ok...

Comment #2

Okay, Scoutt - thanks so much. I copied that and will do it tomorrow - I'm shot tonight. I must have posted my second post about the same time you did because yours wasn't there when I came back! Talk about close timing!.

Do you happen to know what symbols and such W3 expects the character encoding for? I mean they don't really expect every letter AND character, do they? I'm so confused, Scoutt!.

Thanks again!..

Comment #3

Well I am not sure about that one. I do think that when they say character encoding, they are actually talking about this line being in the document.

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">.

Jsut put it in and it should take care of the encoding...

Comment #4

I hope so, scoutt - I had to spend six hours today at my folks because their CD-RW drive wasn't working and Dell sent them these instructions that were way beyond them - and some way beyond me, too! And get this - in the end I did my own "troubleshooting" and all it was, was the disks needed formatting. Six hours down the drain. Anyway, I'm going to try fixing this shortly and then running my page through the validator again and will let you know!..

Comment #5

Well, I'm just never going go have a page good enough for these people. now the changes I made are wrong, too -.

Line 140, column 50:.

... bravenet.com/guestbook/show.php?usernum=604743254&ampcpv=1"><font face ....

^.

Error: unknown entity "ampcpv".

Line 147, column 16:.

<a href="pw.html" target="resource window"><img src="pwbutton.gif" wid ....

^.

Error: an attribute value literal can occur in an attribute specification list only after a vi delimiter.

Line 190, column 50:.

... ub8.bravenet.com/search2/search.php" method="post">.

^.

Error: element "FORM" not allowed here; possible cause is an inline element containing a block-level element.

Line 194, column 0:.

<table border="0" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="1" bgcolor="#999999">.

^.

Error: start tag was here.

Line 198, column 35:.

... enet.com/" target="_new"></a></font></td></tr>.

^.

Error: end tag for "TABLE" omitted; possible causes include a missing end tag, improper nesting of elements, or use of an element where it is not allowed.

Line 193, column 0:.

<table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" bgcolor="#999999"><t ....

^.

Error: start tag was here.

Line 198, column 35:.

... enet.com/" target="_new"></a></font></td></tr>.

^.

Error: end tag for "FORM" omitted; possible causes include a missing end tag, improper nesting of elements, or use of an element where it is not allowed.

Line 190, column 0:.

<form action="http://pub8.bravenet.com/search2/search.php" method="pos ....

^.

Error: start tag was here.

Line 200, column 6:.

</form>.

^.

Error: end tag for element "FORM" which is not open; try removing the end tag or check for improper nesting of elements.

Line 225, column 68:.

<form action="http://www.zinester.com/cgi/ml_fs.cgi" target="_blank">.

^.

Error: element "FORM" not allowed here; possible cause is an inline element containing a block-level element.

Line 255, column 50:.

... p://www.easy2link.com/server/ela.php3?userid=2128&amppageid=0", "popup ....

^.

Error: unknown entity "amppageid".

Line 256, column 8:.

</script><a href="#" onClick="openpop0()"><img src="http://www.easy2li ....

^.

Error: end tag for element "SCRIPT" which is not open; try removing the end tag or check for improper nesting of elements.

Line 274, column 35:.

... /go.htm?go=www.homeindulgences.com&ampafid=22362&amptm=30&im ....

^.

Error: unknown entity "ampafid".

Line 274, column 50:.

... m/go.htm?go=www.homeindulgences.com&ampafid=22362&amptm=30&im=3" targe ....

^.

Error: unknown entity "amptm".

Line 274, column 50:.

... go=www.homeindulgences.com&ampafid=22362&amptm=30&im=3" target="_top"> ....

^.

Error: unknown entity "im".

~~.

And, the final kick in the a**:.

Sorry, this document does not validate as HTML 4.01 Transitional...

Comment #6

That was funny Jon, lol.

Jeni it looks like you forgot the ; in this line.

Line 140, column 50:.

... bravenet.com/guestbook/show.php?usernum=604743254&cpv=1"><font face ....

^.

Error: unknown entity ".

Ampcpv.

".

The other errors seems like you didn't close the tags or they are missing. pm me the page you are working on or the url and I will try to help you out...

Comment #7

Hi scoutt - thanks, I'll do that. I sure appreciate it. You mean I was supposed to put the " ; " in those codes? You see, some of these aren't code I wrote - well, you can probably see that. In fact, most of the errors are from affiliate, bravenet and my newsletter codes. Well, I'll go PM you the page and please know how much I appreciate this and if I can ever return the favor, just give me a holler!!..

Comment #8

Ok jeni, here you go. you have to rename it to index.html..

What I meant by overlapping is this. html tags have to be in a specifice order. this is what you had, not the real thing but an example..

<font><form></font></form>.

That is suppose to be like.

<font><form></form></font>.

See what I mean by overlapping or not in order. the biggest one was you also had extra ending table tag in there. that was making the most mistakes. also I found out that you can't have a form tag inside a font tag. that is what it meant by block-level element. like so.

Line 227, column 68:.

<form action="http://www.zinester.com/cgi/ml_fs.cgi" target="_blank">.

^Error: element "FORM" not allowed here; possible cause is an inline element containing a block-level element.

So all I did was move the closing font tag up before the starting form tag. also that error line I just showed you, you can't have target in a form tag..

So let me know if this doesn't work or you have problems. once you put it on your page try scanning it again. I think you will be surprised...

Comment #9

Ohhhh...(is my face red). You know, I learned that about tables and try to be so careful, but never thought about with the forms. I guess when I'm working on it I must be making it a bit messy. And I hate a mess!.

As for the font - I never would have figured that out. Thank you so much. I always make the font to match the sites - well, that's obvious, isn't it. Anyway, I know that never would have occured to me and owe you big time for that tip -and for everything! I've copied the code and will go check this out and let you know! I probably said this before, but you're sure a nice person!!..

Comment #10

Scoutt - YOU DID IT!!.

But you knew that, didn't you!.

Thanks SO much. they even gave me the code to put their little banner on but I feel sort of guilty because you did the stuff I couldn't figure out. But on the other hand, I don't think I can resist putting that little thingy on there! So, I'm going to ask you if YOU mind. You really earned it, for pity's sakes!.

Here is how it came out - I was so excited I darn near cried - what a pathetic soul, huh!.

Below are the results of attempting to parse this document with an SGML parser..

No errors found!.

Congratulations, this document validates as HTML 4.01 Transitional!.

To show your readers that you have taken the care to create an interoperable Web page, you may display this icon on any page that validates. Here is the HTML you could use to add this icon to your Web page:.

<p>.

<a href="http://validator.w3.org/check/referer"><img border="0".

Src="http://www.w3.org/Icons/valid-html401".

Alt="Valid HTML 4.01!" height="31" width="88"></a>.

</p>If you like, you can download a copy of this image (in PNG or GIF format....

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I kept all your notes and printed out a chart of the encoding and am going to try very hard to learn this and use it...

Comment #11

You are very welcome Jeni, you can run that banner on there I don't mind. all I did was move a couple of tags around and that was it. funny how you can move one tag and 5 errors go away. so it was no big deal...

Comment #12


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.