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I'm trying to validate a page that begins with:
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
"http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.did>

<html>
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
....
which fails at this line with:

"CONTENT-TYPE" is not a reserved name

Can anyone help me? TIA.

D.

Dennis M. Straussfogel, Ph.D.
Aerospace Engineering Consultant
Jul 20 '05 #1
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Dennis M. Straussfogel wrote:
I'm trying to validate a page that begins with:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
"http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.did>
a typo: loose.dtd (not loose.did)
<html>
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />


The syntax is wrong. You should not have /> at the end (that' xhtml
syntax, but your document is html). More importantly, you should set
the content type and charset using real http headers. A search on
Google produced the following document authored by Alan Flavell:

http://ppewww.ph.gla.ac.uk/~flavell/...t/ns-burp.html

--
Brian
follow the directions in my address to email me

Jul 20 '05 #2
dm*@bcgroup.net (Dennis M. Straussfogel) wrote:
I'm trying to validate a page that begins with:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
"http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.did>

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

which fails at this line with:

"CONTENT-TYPE" is not a reserved name


You're missing a " at the end of the URL in the doctype. Hence the
validator sees something like this:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
"long string" Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />

The next problem will be the XHTML <meta /> in an HTML document. Never
use that last / in empty elements in HTML, only in XHTML.

Steve

--
"My theories appal you, my heresies outrage you,
I never answer letters and you don't like my tie." - The Doctor

Steve Pugh <st***@pugh.net > <http://steve.pugh.net/>
Jul 20 '05 #3
In article <dm************ ******@news.abc com.bc.ca>, one of infinite monkeys
at the keyboard of dm*@bcgroup.net (Dennis M. Straussfogel) wrote:
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />

which fails at this line with:

"CONTENT-TYPE" is not a reserved name


Huh? Whatever tool reported that as a "fail" is talking nonsense.

But Brian's followup makes some valid points you should note.

--
Nick Kew
Jul 20 '05 #4
On Sat, 17 Jan 2004 20:15:44 GMT, Brian
<us*****@juliet remblay.com.inv alid-remove-this-part> wrote:
Dennis M. Straussfogel wrote:
I'm trying to validate a page that begins with:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
"http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.did>
a typo: loose.dtd (not loose.did)


I think that causes the later error.
The syntax is wrong. You should not have /> at the end (that' xhtml
syntax, but your document is html).


AFAIK, it should still validate as HTML 4 with the _/>.
Jul 20 '05 #5
Neal wrote:
AFAIK, it should still validate as HTML 4 with the _/>.


No, it shouldn't.

<link ... /> is equiv to <link ... >&gt;

While you can have characters in the <body> section of the document (thus
<br /> being valid HTML 4.01 that looks horrible if it does what is
_should_ do), you can't in the <head> section.

--
David Dorward <http://dorward.me.uk/>
Jul 20 '05 #6
On Sat, 17 Jan 2004, Neal wrote:
The syntax is wrong. You should not have /> at the end (that' xhtml
syntax, but your document is html).

Indeed.
AFAIK, it should still validate as HTML 4 with the _/>.


Please explain.
Jul 20 '05 #7
Many thanks to all of you. I've embarrassed enough people finding their
stupid typos, that it's only fair turn about for my face to be duely
reddened. Sorry.

BTW, the " />" at the end was added as a "grasping at straws" attempt of
solution. I guess I also overfocused on the statement flagged as the error
and didn't look closely enough at the one(s) preceding it. (Really. I do
know better!)

Another question: In attempting to solve the problem, I did add an
..htaccess file to my root directory with the directive

AddType "text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" html

which should specify the charset for files with the .html extension. Will
this also specify for .shtml extensions as well, or do I need a second
directive line with "shtml" at the end? TIA--again.

D.

Dennis M. Straussfogel, Ph.D.
Aerospace Engineering Consultant
Jul 20 '05 #8
dm*@bcgroup.net (Dennis M. Straussfogel) wrote:
Another question: In attempting to solve the problem, I did add an
.htaccess file to my root directory with the directive

AddType "text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" html

which should specify the charset for files with the .html extension. Will
this also specify for .shtml extensions as well,
No.
or do I need a second directive line with "shtml" at the end?


Or more simply just add shtml to the end of the line above.
AddType "text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" html shtml

Steve

--
"My theories appal you, my heresies outrage you,
I never answer letters and you don't like my tie." - The Doctor

Steve Pugh <st***@pugh.net > <http://steve.pugh.net/>
Jul 20 '05 #9
In article <84************ *************** *****@4ax.com>, Steve Pugh
<st***@pugh.net > wrote:
dm*@bcgroup.net (Dennis M. Straussfogel) wrote:
Another question: In attempting to solve the problem, I did add an
.htaccess file to my root directory with the directive

AddType "text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" html

which should specify the charset for files with the .html extension. Will
this also specify for .shtml extensions as well,


No.
or do I need a second directive line with "shtml" at the end?


Or more simply just add shtml to the end of the line above.
AddType "text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" html shtml

Steve


Thanks, Steve. And finally (I promise) can I delete the META tag
altogether if the charset is specified in the .htaccess file?

Dennis M. Straussfogel, Ph.D.
Aerospace Engineering Consultant
Jul 20 '05 #10

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