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HTML 5 validation software?

October 22, 2016, 11:54 pm

Currently, I generate my pages using commands in MAKE. One key command is NSGMLS, a Windows command-line tool that validates any HTML with a DTD, and returns a pass or fail status (in the ERROR... Read more »

Converting old code to be html5 conformant

September 29, 2016, 1:59 am

pieces, but can still be found using the wayback machine, one copy of my article can be found at Having saved a copy, I've been trying to html5-ize it, and the current version can be found at... Read more »

XML Summer School in Oxford Sept 11-16

August 16, 2016, 7:48 pm

There's still time left to register for this year's XML Summer School which takes place at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, the week of the 11-16 September. For details see You c... Read more »

Unbelievable :-) !

July 7, 2016, 6:44 pm

From the preamble to a recently emailed web-survey invitation: Are they still doing this nonsense in this day and age? Pshaw! (Maybe their inability to spell switch right is indicative of their ac... Read more »

Differences in alignment - no more hair to pull out...

July 7, 2016, 2:29 am

I'm trying to pull some of my pages from Hitchwiki onto Neocities, and I'm having trouble recreating the alignment of an SVG flag (which Hitchwiki renders from a .PNG) with a textual link in the ... Read more »

Opinions wanted ...

July 3, 2016, 8:07 pm

There's a spidering link-checking software I've just heard of, at Screaming Frog SEO Spider Tool (a small desktop program [for] PC, Mac or Linux ... which spiders websites’ links, images, CSS, sc... Read more »

Paradoxical interference of italic text here with link-text there

May 31, 2016, 4:26 am

I'm returning to the strange behavior of IE 7 that I first brought up in Q.: Sharper pair of eyes needed ... of 4/1/2016 10:20:40 PM EDT. I have a curious example -- far from minimal, alas, but ex... Read more »

Re: Div explosion

May 27, 2016, 5:26 pm

Newsgroups: comp.infosystems.www.authoring.stylesheets,comp.infosystems.www.authoring.html Followup-To: comp.infosystems.www.authoring.html Martin Leese writes: A division can be used to create... Read more »

character-set encoding

May 16, 2016, 7:10 pm

HTML 5 requires documents which claim to be ISO-8859-1 to be parsed as Windows-1252, apparently because some websites claiming to be ISO-8859-1 are actually Windows-1252. (Why in the world? More ... Read more »

Why does W10 load so fast?

May 13, 2016, 9:51 am

Recent versions of Windows seem to load faster and faster. Is this just judicious tuning of what's needed before offering a desktop, or has the fundamental mechanism changed? Is it saving and l... Read more »

HTML and PDF for reading large documents (bookmarks)

May 12, 2016, 10:02 am

When HTML was new, I thought that I should prefer it over PS/PDF for my own internal usage, because HTML was »open« and text-file based, while PS/PDF was »closed« or at least it felt t... Read more »

Problem with selection boxes

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April 16, 2016, 4:04 pm

Friends have twisted my arm over the past few weeks to take surveys. I've taken a couple from Survey Monkey and other sites. If I make a selection from multiple choices, the selection is moved if I... Read more »

Online resources for learning HTML [ 4 &/or 5]

April 15, 2016, 11:42 am and have already been mentioned. I'm interested in online instructional material that may not be presented as tutorials. I prefer material which fo... Read more »

Opinion on image scaling

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April 12, 2016, 6:13 pm

I have sites where various sizes of the same image are used. In the past, for example, I would have a large copy, an medium copy, and a thumbnail copy, each sized, optimized, and saved externally... Read more »

"Universal HTML"

April 6, 2016, 8:22 pm

When one wants to write HTML that can be displayed in a wide range of browsers, including very old ones and HTML5 browsers, what should one observe? One can try to omit all element types t... Read more »

About Amaya: Online/Offline

April 6, 2016, 1:58 am

Richard Owlett (thanks) made me aware of Amaya []. May I ask: is there a way I should be able to set Amaya to Work Offline? And may I ask the same about Vivaldi and Safari ... Read more »

Q.: Sharper pair of eyes needed ...

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April 2, 2016, 2:20 am

There's some sneaky HTML problem I'm not finding on the page . The HTML itself validates, the text flows nicely in all the browsers I've tried it in, and the links all work correctly as well, ...... Read more »

Zero-width spaces and early browsers ...

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March 21, 2016, 5:27 pm

It's just come to my attention that the browser built into Windows Mobile 6 (as incorporated in the Motorola Q9m cellphone) misunderstands the ZWSP entity … (aka ​ ), displaying it as ... Read more »

HTML (et al) and WordPress

March 14, 2016, 1:19 am

Hello: This newsgroup appears to have gone moribund, but on the chance that there are people still following it, what is a good newsgroup for HTML et al as used in WordPress? As I am ju... Read more »

Microsoft Edge vs. IE

December 23, 2015, 10:54 pm

I'm curious to know if anyone is encountering any difficulties as people transition from Windows 7 and 8 to 10. I just upgraded one of my laptops to Win10 yesterday and find that my sites still s... Read more »

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CSS Dock Menu placement

There is a CSS dock menu described at: and demo'ed at: (although the bottom demo i... Read more »


Re: Make HTML code show up on the web

Bob writes: How do you deal with displaying in HTML code with this method? Why do you hate escaping < as < - if it's because it's a pain to write every time, then use a method for generating t... Read more »


Colspan - rowspan HTML Table

Hello! I'm trying to make a sort of online page building system. In order to do this, I represent my page using a HTML table. One of the most basic templates would be a page divided in six equally pr... Read more »


Best replacement for frame sets?

As you know HTML framesets are available for dividing the content of a web page into several independent parts. That useful when I click on a link in frame1 I can load the new page into frame2. Howe... Read more »


Positioning text, iframes & pictures on webpages (only) with <div>...

Assume I want to put multiple text paragraphs, pictures and on a webpage. I don't want to let the browser to decide how all the stuff is put on which place. I want to tell him: Put iframe on a place... Read more »


Infinitely many primes of the form p=6k-1.

Task:Prove infinitely many primes of the form p=3D6k-1. Argument: a) Suppose there are just a finite number of these primes, say p1, ..., pn. Let a=3Dp...p. b) Rationally, a =3D (=961)modulo 6. c) If... Read more »


table inside form?

It is ok tu use a table tag inside a form tag? (you know, you do not use h2 inside p, etc...) -- Luciano A. Ferrer ... un todo en uno y uno en todo Read more »


HTML 5.0

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hi, I have a job interview this afternoon, they want familiarity with HTML 5.0.. I can't even find a doctype for HTML 5.0.. I usu. use XHTML 1.0.. ... Read more »


image alt style pop up for text

hi, in html, how do i create a pop up description box for text. i want, in the same way that when you write the image alt tag and the user rolls the cursor over the image a pop up box appears, but fo... Read more »


Prevent word wrap in a table cell

Hi, all! I have a question. I am designing a listing similar to a phone book in HTML. Each listing has periods following it, but they must extend to the end of the table cell, and not wrap. Is ther... Read more »


How can eliminate "binary" data from an HTML file?

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Hello All: A Unix mailer I use is complaining that I have binary data in a particular html file and is refusing to mail it. I looked line by line with wordpad, notepad, etc. but cannot find the offen... Read more »


DHTML Notes and Information

Hello All, Could some one send me information on DHTML tutorials where I can leand the differences between html and dhtml. Thanks, -------------------------------------------------------------------... Read more »


Scripting Issue

On this page ( one does not need to enter in their email address but I would like to change the script so they need the @ in the field. How can I do this? Yes th... Read more »


PDF embedded opening in new window

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I'm embedding an Acrobat file in the page with When I test it, it opens as I would expect it. That is, embedded within the page. When my friend tests it on her computer a new window opens with the... Read more »



Lexmark provides download of all its printer drivers as well as the related software through it website. You can get those downloads even without visiting the site by typing this URL into your browse... Read more »



Okay I figured this was the group with the experts. If I switched to a CMS system like Word press I take it I will lose all my URL's right? For example there are many that link to my files below. I... Read more »


Simple (!) HTML/PERL code fpr uploading files through web pages entyr field...

I want to offer a possibility to upload a file on a certain (password protected) web page. Ok, I have seen a lot of hugo perl libraries which offer such a functionality. But I am not the administrato... Read more »


Instant web-page appearance?

Is there any way to make a web page display something instantly while loading? (to avoid frustrating the instant generation) Maybe just, wait a moment, please, I'll be right with you. MasonC ht... Read more »


GREP Pattern help wanted

I have lots of html pages where I want to delete completely a certain secti on of markup, which does a similar (unwanted) job on all the pages but all slightly different in content, both the numb... Read more »