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Re: lynx-dev Lynx's tracelog: a useless debugging tool?

From: Michael Warner
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Lynx's tracelog: a useless debugging tool?
Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 20:31:54 -0700

On Fri, May 15, 1998, Jacob Poon <address@hidden> wrote:

> When I go to this page:
> Lynx said it has 'bad HTML'.  Then I debug it with the built-in trace log,
> it gives out tons of useless infomation before reaching the 'bad HTML'
> error.  Even so, the error message does not clearly describe the exact
> problem.  In my case, it gives the following: 
> Bad HTML: Something not closed before BODY end tag
> SGML: End </HTML>
> HTML:end_element: Popped style off stack - Normal
> Bad HTML: Something not closed before HTML end tag

I think the error referred to is the fact that the last anchor on the
page is unclosed:

<!-- End Sailor Moon Ring of Power Fragment -->

> I tried to test it with W3C validator and doesn't help either.  Too many
> times it says something like this:
> Error at line 16:
>    <img src=rib_bar_.gif></a>
>                            ^  end tag for element "A"
>                               which is not open (explanation...)       

Probably the lack of ' " ' 's, similar to the "unclosed comment"
problem recently mentioned on the list.  Should be <...src="foo.gif"> /
<...href="some.html">.  I really don't think the validator is talking
about case.

> Even the validator itself is buggy because the actual source is follows:
> <A> ...... <img src=rib_bar_.gif></a>
> The W3C validator itself is case sensitive on tag nesting checks, but HTML
> tags are not.  Therefore I can't find what bugged Lynx. 

The other (possible) problems I noticed are an unclosed <center> tag
in the third data cell of the first table, and an unclosed <font> near
the end of the page - but I don't know if they are technically
required to be closed, and I'm too lazy to look it up. :)

Michael Warner 

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