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Section B.10. Troubleshooting

B.10. Troubleshooting

Even pages put seamlessly together using WYSIWYG software can turn out not quite as expected. Usually the problem is something involving fancier HTML elements. (FrontPage is notorious for constantly trying to second-guess the author.) For those who are drawers of water and hewers of HTML, the problems are much more mundane. The following covers the most common errors. Believe me when I say everybody who has written HTML has done all of these.

  1. Watch out for overlapping tags:

    <B>Example of <I>overlapping</B> tags<I>

    <!-- here the author wants the last two words in italics, and everything but the last word to be bold. -->

    <B>It should be <I>this</I></B><I> instead</I>

    <!-- That's what keeps them buying FrontPage -->

  2. Make sure all the tags are matched.

    <H1>Win a million dollars! </H1>

    Forgetting to stop an action can result in interesting effects such as an entire page in italics or headline sized type.

  3. Be sure there are no missing parts to a tag ( /, <, >, or ").

  4. Embed only anchors and character tags inside defining tags.

    <H1><A HREF="file.html">Hot Stuff</A> </H1>

  5. Watch out for misspellings such as HREP or Hl (letter el) for H1 (one).


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