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    Question why do I get different validated output in w3c validator?

    Here is my link
    http : // 173 dot 45 dot 229 dot 122 / phpBB3 / (without spaces)

    I give this url and check for validation I get sum 41 errors. - This is one way
    I do View Source and check for validation I get 103 errors - This is another way

    Why do I get different results like this? Am using a PHPBB3 thats a CMS kind application where 80% would be driven by default phpbb3 itself 20% is my work....

    what to do for this kind of site???? am depressed

    Any solutions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksanjanadevi View Post
    I give this url and check for validation I get sum 41 errors. - This is one way
    I do View Source and check for validation I get 103 errors - This is another way
    You're probably using two different validators. They'll vary in quality and some will catch errors that technically aren't validation (via a DTD) errors, but still errors according to the spec nevertheless. Plus, be sure not to confuse warnings with errors.

    Quote Originally Posted by ksanjanadevi View Post
    what to do for this kind of site???? am depressed
    You either need to write your own bulletin board from the ground up, find one that does validate, or live with the errors. Unfortunately, you'll find that a lot of prepackaged software is written using broken code. Forum software, in particular, all seems to use tables for layout.
    For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.

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    The following forums should validate and have no tables ::

    Simple Machines Forum
    http://www.simplemachines.org/

    Vanilla
    http://vanillaforums.org/

    PunBB
    http://punbb.informer.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arbitrator View Post
    Unfortunately, you'll find that a lot of prepackaged software is written using broken code. Forum software, in particular, all seems to use tables for layout.
    The use of tables doesn't infer broken/invalid code however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clnm View Post
    Interesting. I went to all of these sites. The "Community" tab of the first leads to an invalid, table-based forum. The "Community" tab of the second leads to a tableless forum, but the code is still invalid. The last one is the only one that I could get to pass validation and was also tableless.

    Quote Originally Posted by MattF View Post
    The use of tables doesn't infer broken/invalid code however.
    Right that it doesn't necessarily infer invalid code; I probably should have mentioned that. I don't think I've ever seen one that was either valid or semantically accurate though.
    For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.


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