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#1 pixy

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Posted 15 July 2006 - 01:39 AM

I'm writing my own forum script for a Harry potter website i'm doing. It's based on the entire wizarding world...but that's not the point.

Look at this...this is the admin page to create a forum:
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see the < mark? I can't figure out WHERE IT IS. I put font size to make it bigger so you can see it. Here's the HTML code:
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And if it even matters, the PHP code:
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WHERE IS IT? I CANNOT FIND IT.
It's driving me absolutely insane.

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#2 treilad

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Posted 15 July 2006 - 01:42 AM

Rofl...

EDIT:
Post the whole code and it might be easier.

#3 pixy

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Posted 15 July 2006 - 01:44 AM

Don't you dare laugh at me! XP

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#4 akitchin

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Posted 15 July 2006 - 01:50 AM

usually stuff will appear out of nowhere when it's SUPPOSED to be in a table but the table has been closed prematurely.  ie:

<table>
<tr>
<td>Stuff in column 1</td>
<td>Stuff in column 2</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td></td>Stuff in column 3.
</tr>
</table>

"Stuff in column 3" is at the top of the table because it's outside of the cell code; it just gets shoved wherever the parser sees fit.

long story short:  look thoroughly through your table itself.  there is a renegade < somewhere.  my guess is on a "<</tr>".

#5 AndyB

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Posted 15 July 2006 - 01:54 AM

If it's not in the source, try cleaning your monitor and see if the mark goes away  ;D

In real life, it IS in your source code.  Bet if you look really closely you find an orphan < somewhere in the code (and not necessarily where you expect it).  Almost certainly there's some tag beginning with << instead of <
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#6 pixy

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Posted 15 July 2006 - 01:56 AM

^ I already searched through it, and FOUND NOTHING. I did the CTRL+F and looked for << and it was no where to be found!

I am so frustrated.

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#7 treilad

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Posted 15 July 2006 - 02:04 AM

Hehe. I was going to say to CTRL + F '<<'...

If that didn't work, try counting all the chicken lips in your HTML code. Pair them up as you go. If it's in the HTML code, you'll find it that way.

#8 akitchin

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Posted 15 July 2006 - 02:05 AM

to shorten the process, try jumping that <font> tag around the page.  moving it consecutively down in blocks, and if the tag is suddenly not big anymore, you've gone past it.

#9 treilad

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Posted 15 July 2006 - 02:09 AM

Also a good idea... ^^

BTW, http://www.phpfreaks...,100631.0.html.

I could use some help.

#10 pixy

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Posted 15 July 2006 - 02:39 AM

To Akitchin, I tried doing that but whenever it went inside the table the font only affected the inside of that table...which didn't help.

I did find it though. It was all wonky and whatnot, but it's good now. Thanks for the help. <3

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#11 just-j

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Posted 15 July 2006 - 12:57 PM

in your php code...  try closeing your TR tag after your <b>Parent:</b> 

#12 pixy

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Posted 15 July 2006 - 07:00 PM

^ That already got closed, but you couldn't see it in the screenshots.

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#13 Moron

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Posted 25 August 2006 - 05:31 PM

Temporarily type more text where you think the symbol is appearing. That will at least confirm whether you're pinpointing the right place or not.


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Posted 25 August 2006 - 09:09 PM

Hi have had this problem in a web site I made, it came out of know where and was no where to be seem in the source code. It drove me crazy, I looked every where, in the end, I some how managed to change the font color of the < appearing on the page to the background color. So I coulnt offer any advice.




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