View Full Version : Are too many closing </divs> bad?

04-20-2011, 03:16 AM
Hi just curious is it is bad to have an extra closing </div> in your code?

I have a page that has many divs and it is such a headache trying to work out which one relates to which tag...

So I mean

<div>html code</div>

and then a lurking </div> - is this bad to have lurking there or will all browsers ignore an orphoned div tag?


04-20-2011, 03:24 AM
Having mismatched tags may or may not affect browsers atm but the code is invalid according to the w3c validator. (http://validator.w3.org/) Mismatched tags might cause web pages to break in future browser releases though.

If you use a reputable IDE like Netbeans (http://netbeans.org/)or something similar, it indents all your code for you which makes it much easier to spot mismatched tags. Also if you click on a tag, it will highlight its matching tag if it exists.

04-20-2011, 08:03 AM
If you use too many hidden <div> and <span> its really bad and affects in SEO. Other than that..I don't think its a wrong use.

04-20-2011, 09:56 AM
You can’t expect cross browser consistent results with erroneous code – that that’s what redundant closing tags is. You should always format your code properly when writing it (i. e. indent and maybe comment it to remember what is where).