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Subject: Re: [FreeHelp] Basic Tag; DOCTYPE
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2002 21:06:15 EST
In a message dated 05/12/2002 23:49:03 GMT Standard Time,
> Hi Listers....
> A few days ago, Alwyn posted a note about tags and stated that the most
> important tag was the DOCTYPE tag. There was a sample tag which included
> DTD HTML 4.01 transitional".
> My question is that when I went to get the page validated, it stated in
> very BIG letters that my page was NOT HTML4. How do I determine what
> go in the doctype tag? I am using FrontPage 2002 to compose and tweeking
> some afterwards by hand in the online editor. I've never had anyone say it
> didn't work fine. The site is: <.http://freepages.school-alumni.rootsweb
> Could someone please take a look and see, or let me know from excellent
> knowledge, and give me a clue what I need to put there?
There are a few Problems with your page which will make it impossible to
Here are some of the most important:
You have two <.HEAD> Codes
<.meta name="description" content="Walla Walla Washington High School
graduating class of 1955.>
has a missing close *"* quote at the end of 55.
You have a <.BODY> attribute followed by a <.bgproperties> attribute, both of
which are "BODY" properties which conflict
<.bgproperties> is not a recognised 4.01 property
You have two closing <./BODY> elements
Have you tried this site for validation?
Don't tell Elsie, Robyn or Pat, all of whom are sticklers for writing "RAW"
HTML in notepad! I write most of my pages in FrontPage, but then I go to the
HTML view tag "select all" "cut" and "paste" into a programme called HTML
kit, which is free to download from:
This programme tells you what is wrong with your HTML, but it's glory is that
it doesn't change anything — unless you tell it to. I put your page code
through it and it said that there were 40 odd "mistakes" on your page. BUT
having corrected the ones mentioned above, it left only three mistakes, all
of which were FrontPage proprietary codes - which you may, or may not wish to