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  1. #1
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    Thanks in advance for considering my question.

    I am unable to successfully validate a page due to the following error message output from the site:

    "For the current document, the validator interprets strings like <FOO /> according to legacy rules that break the expectations of most authors and thus cause confusing warnings and error messages from the validator. This interpretation is triggered by HTML 4 documents or other SGML-based HTML documents. To avoid the messages, simply remove the "/" character in such contexts. NB: If you expect <FOO /> to be interpreted as an XML-compatible "self-closing" tag, then you need to use XHTML or HTML5. "

    I have spent a couple days searching for a solution. The closing "/" is the culprit. The code is in two places on the page. One occurrence is Facebook code for social integration and the other is a FancyBox line of code. The FancyBox code will not work without the closing "/" and the Facebook code works whenever it feels like so I am not sure if the closing "/" is necessary. At least those have been my observations to-date.

    I am using 4.01 Transitional EN:
    <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"

    Is there a solution to this issue (there must be) ? Thanks again.


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    Change the doctype to either XHTML (Transitional or Strict) or HTML5. Chances are one or both of those codes were built with "modern" browsers in mind.

    If that doesn't do it, post a link to your page and maybe someone will see something.
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    Thanks. I appreciate your response. Not the answer I wanted to "hear".

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