7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 23, 2012 9:40 AM by sudarshan.t RSS

    Invisible Special Character

    Phil.com Community Member

      DW CS5

       

      Invisible in the sense I can't find it in DW to remove it.

       

      If you look at this site:
      http://www.californiayoga.com/schedule-pa.php
      You will notice a "<" just under Register on Line.  This does not show in code view and even if you try View Source. It is around line 35 if you are looking at the code.

       

      I found it by using FireBot in FireFox. What is there is "&lt;" surrounded by a box. I don't know where it came from but I have to get rid of it.

       

      I think all I can do is try to delete the empty space. But, I would like to hear comments as to why I can't see it, or delete it, in Code Vie in DW.

       

      Thanks

       

      Cheers!  Phil

        • 1. Re: Invisible Special Character
          sudarshan.t Community Member

          Copy your code 'as is' in Dreamweaver and post it here.

          • 2. Re: Invisible Special Character
            sudarshan.t Community Member

            I think we may have gotten to it:

             

            Between line numbers 268 and 272, here's your code:

            <<!--tr>

               <td colspan=3>

            <p class="notice" style="padding-bottom: 10px;">

              *Patricia's class will not meet on  April 5th. </td>

            </tr>-->  

            There is an extra < in your code in line 268. This may be an issue.

             

            Try removing it and test your page and post the results here

            • 3. Re: Invisible Special Character
              sudarshan.t Community Member

              Also, lines 87-96 in your HTML code have a long break - this, combined with your character encoding may cause this issue as I do not see anything else disrupting your HTML structure and I don't see any other reason for &lt; to appear.

               

              Remove the extra line break and apply source formatting to lines 87-96 as this is where &lt; is appearing. See if this fixes it.

              • 4. Re: Invisible Special Character
                Phil.com Community Member

                Thank you.  That is in an included page.  It would show up in the Thursday schedule.  Normally it would just show up as a "<" on the Thursday section.  But, nothing shows there. Perhaps because it was in a comment lilie it did not show.  I did remove it.

                 

                I am waiting before I refresh the page so a few more forum visitors can see it.

                 

                Thanks again.

                 

                Cheers!  Phil

                • 5. Re: Invisible Special Character
                  Phil.com Community Member

                  Also, lines 87-96 in your HTML code have a long break - this, combined with your character encoding may cause this issue as I do not see anything else disrupting your HTML structure and I don't see any other reason for &lt; to appear.

                   

                  Yes, that's where the odd character appears when you use FireBug.  That seems to be my only solution in Dreamweaver.

                   

                  FireBug in FireFox is a nice debugger.  Give it a look.

                   

                  I didn't write this code, another programmer familiar with PHP did.  I just maintain the site.  I will look at everything you mentioned.

                   

                  Thanks again.

                   

                  Cheers!  Phil

                  • 6. Re: Invisible Special Character
                    Phil.com Community Member

                    Also, lines 87-96 in your HTML code have a long break - this, combined with your character encoding may cause this issue as I do not see anything else disrupting your HTML structure and I don't see any other reason for &lt; to appear.

                     

                    Remove the extra line break and apply source formatting to lines 87-96 as this is where &lt; is appearing. See if this fixes it.

                    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ --

                     

                    That was the solution.  It was invisible in that empty space.  It took FireBot to find it.  Why did it not show up in Dreamweaver is my question.

                     

                    Thanks again.

                     

                    Cheers and Peace!  Phil

                    • 7. Re: Invisible Special Character
                      sudarshan.t Community Member

                      I've been using Firebug for ages now and that is my favorite debugging tool.

                       

                      Glad your issue has been resolved.