XHTML Form problem..

Posted on 2011-02-24
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I tried validating my Contact page for DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict

and it really doesn't like my Form :-)

<form action="contact.php" method="post" name="benq" >
<label class="sel"  for="Name">Name:</label>
<input class="seli" name="name" type="text" id="name" size="35" maxlength="50"
                    value="<? echo $_POST['name']?>">
					<div class='info' id="inf_name"><? echo $namerr ?></div>
                    <br />

<label class="sel"  for="Email1">Email Address:</label>
<input class="seli" name="email1" type="text" id="email1" size="35" maxlength="50"
                     value="<? echo $_POST['email1']?>">
					<div class='info' id="inf_email1"><? echo $email1err ?></div>
                    <br />
<label class="sel"  for="Email2">Confirm Email:</label>
<input class="seli" name="email2" type="text" id="email2" size="35" maxlength="50"
                     value="<? echo $_POST['email2']?>">
					 <div class='info' id="inf_email2"><? echo $email2err ?></div>

                    <br />
<label class="sel"  for="Enquiry">Enquiry:</label>
<textarea name="enquiry" id="enquiry" class="seli" rows="3" cols="40"
 				 ><? echo $_POST['enquiry']?></textarea>
 <fieldset> 				    <div class='info' id="inf_enq"><? echo $enqerr ?></div>
                    <br />
<label></label><div id="security"><? require_once('recaptchalib.php');
$publickey = "6xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxudKFagv9pQ8J2"; // you got this from the signup page
echo recaptcha_get_html($publickey); ?>
<label></label>     <div class='info' id="inf_name"><? echo $imagerr ?></div>
                    <br />
<input class='brk' type="submit" name="submit" value="Send">
<input class='brk' type="reset" value="Clear Form">

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Help!! :-)
Question by:chrisfixit
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Expert Comment

ID: 34971233
Can't you simplify our work a bit and let us know what errors told you the parser your page has?
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Expert Comment

ID: 34971302
If you are copying and pasting code into the validator, then remember that you can't validate php code.  You see all of the <? ... ?> code snippets... that's PHP code.  

You have to pull up that PHP page in a browser window, view source, copy that code, and validate it.

Author Comment

ID: 34971478
a few of the errors... the rest are similar..

Line 64, Column 47: there is no attribute "name"
<form action="contact.php" method="post" name="benq" >

Line 65, Column 31: document type does not allow element "label" here; missing one of "p", "h1", "h2", "h3", "h4", "h5", "h6", "div", "pre", "address", "fieldset", "ins", "del" start-tag
<label class="sel"  for="Name">Name:</label>

Line 67, Column 29: document type does not allow element "input" here; missing one of "p", "h1", "h2", "h3", "h4", "h5", "h6", "div", "pre", "address", "fieldset", "ins", "del" start-tag

Line 69, Column 26: document type does not allow element "br" here; missing one of "p", "h1", "h2", "h3", "h4", "h5", "h6", "div", "pre", "address", "fieldset", "ins", "del" start-tag
                    <br />
The mentioned element is not allowed to appear in the context in which you've placed it;

Line 71, Column 33: document type does not allow element "label" here; missing one of "p", "h1", "h2", "h3", "h4", "h5", "h6", "div", "pre", "address", "fieldset", "ins", "del" start-tag
<label class="sel"  for="Email2">Email Address:</label>

The page was validated from the server, not copy and paste :-).
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Accepted Solution

Designbyonyx earned 500 total points
ID: 34971858
Wrap everything in your form with a div, or even more semantic use a "fieldset" and post back the results.  If you can provide a url, that would help ;)

....Existing content....

Author Closing Comment

ID: 34972143
had to modify recapchalib as well as it is non-compliant.
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Expert Comment

ID: 34972144
Add the <fieldset> inside the <form> for comply with hyerarchical structure of forms.

Also, <form> tag seemly doesn't have a "name" attribute, use "id" attribute instead.

If you continue receiving errors after that paste them here.
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Expert Comment

ID: 34972217
Form tag DOES have a name attribute:

Author Comment

ID: 34972385
Well it doesn't like the name tag at all.. I went on this..
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Expert Comment

ID: 34972656
toche my friend.  I personally use IDs and stopped using Name attributes years ago... so I have never encountered this error since I switched to XHTML.  Thanks for the clarification.

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