[thelist] Valid form for meta tags?

Tony Crockford tonyc at boldfish.co.uk
Thu Jul 31 02:23:44 CDT 2003

> <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
> I am using the HTML 4.01 transitional doctype. When I run a page
> through the W3C HTML validator it gives the error message "character
> data is not allowed here", while seeming to indicate the
> forward slash
> closing my meta tags. I don't get this error with tags like
> <br />
> so I am confused.

The validator has limitations and that may be why it's not picking up on
the <br /> but with html 4.01 you don't need the />  so that's probably
why it's choking.

if you are using  /> to close tags then you're using xhtml standards why
not use:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en">


more on doctypes:




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