Bad Markup July 8, 2003 2:22 PM   Subscribe

Goofy, wrong or misused HTML breaks the style sheet and ruins the appearance of the rest of a thread. I don't know if this is an IE/Mac only experience, but in any case it really makes reading the rest of a thread difficult, which stinks when the topic is interesting. I may be asking for an elephant gun to kill an ant, but is there some way to alert people when they've got misformed markup in their post?
posted by Dreama to Feature Requests at 2:22 PM (14 comments total)

It's not showing up on my screen, which, being PC/Mozilla is as far away from yours as possible, I guess... Just FYI
posted by jonson at 2:43 PM on July 8, 2003

It looks okay in IE 5.2, Mozilla 1.2.1, Safari 1.0 and Camino 0.7.
posted by timeistight at 3:12 PM on July 8, 2003

Safari 1.0 and it's fine here.
posted by stonerose at 3:19 PM on July 8, 2003

ot: For some reason explorer 5.2 refuses to work on my system(mac OS 9.0.4, I've been slow to upgrade.) I've been using Mozilla 1.2.1 instead, which is nice, but I miss explorer. Any other OS 9 macs having problems with explorer? /ot
posted by elwoodwiles at 3:24 PM on July 8, 2003

everything OK with both Safari and Mozilla here
posted by matteo at 3:53 PM on July 8, 2003

I'm OS 9 / IE and that thread looks fine to me.

But I have had trouble with other threads that sounds like this - someone's html fun erases the left margin and the type formatting for the rest of the thread, which is annoying. This particular example isn't a problem for me though.
posted by mdn at 6:24 PM on July 8, 2003

If an elephant gun fires lead shot rather than a single round, isn't the chance of hitting the ant fairly slim?

Deafening the little sod, however, is pretty much a certainty... ;)
posted by twine42 at 3:19 AM on July 9, 2003

elwoodwiles - i'm in the same boat - IE 5.02 never works on mine either, and unfortunatly NS 6 has a bad habit of crashing a lot.
posted by dabitch at 4:31 AM on July 9, 2003

Dreama, what are you seeing? I had a quick look at the source, and everything seems okay.
posted by taz at 5:23 AM on July 9, 2003

page seems to WFM in a recent Camino (moz derivative) build.

As for those of you stuck on OS9 all is not lost on the Mozilla front. WamCom has produced a post a ~1.3.1 build for OS 8.6&9. You can get it here: (stable builds for other platforms there too)
posted by 10sball at 2:02 PM on July 9, 2003

Viewing source, I caught a tag that closed nothing. I'm presuming that it was meant to close the link, but it was already closed. Plus there were a couple of unexpected line breaks. It created the problem that mdn described - it killed the margin. It also killed my user-specific font.

10sball, that's the best thing I've seen in ages, I've been dying to upgrade the Mozilla on my OS9 (primary) machine.
posted by Dreama at 6:10 PM on July 9, 2003

I'm using two tin cans and a piece of string, and it looks fine.
posted by webmutant at 12:38 PM on July 10, 2003

Not that anyone's paying attention to this anymore, but this thread ("20 lies about Iraq") is now doing the no margin/ no formatting thing for me, after troutfishing's post.
posted by mdn at 10:25 AM on July 14, 2003

geh. I meant after this post.
posted by mdn at 10:28 AM on July 14, 2003

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