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    Default Bookmark Script causing validation errors

    1) Script Title: Bookmark Site Script

    2) Script URL (on DD): http://www.dynamicdrive.com/dynamicindex9/addbook.htm

    3) Describe problem: validation error

    I love this script, but I receive 2 validation errors due to the && in the script. Is there any way to have this run and still validate?
    Thanks,
    Deborah
    Deborah Whipp
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    Tallahassee, FL
    www.DWWebDesigns.com

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    Make the script external. If that is a foreign concept to you, here are my guidelines:

    Use a text editor to save the script, call it 'file_name.js' where 'file_name' can be any valid file name of your choosing. Substitute the name of your external .js file for some.js in the below:

    HTML Code:
    <script src="some.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    Common problems arise when:

    1 ) The script file is not in the directory specified. In the above example it must be in the same directory as the page(s) that use it. Below, it can be in the scripts directory off of the root of a domain:

    HTML Code:
    <script src="http://www.somedomain.com/scripts/some.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    2 ) Opening, closing and/or 'hiding' tags are left in the external file. This means that you must strip:
    Code:
    <script>
    <!--
    and
    Code:
    //-->
    </script>
    and any of their many variations from the beginning and end of the external file.

    3 ) The external call (<script src="some.js" type="text/javascript"></script>) is not inserted into the page at the correct spot. The external call must be inserted at the same place on the page where the script was/would have been.

    4 ) Paths to other files (if) used by the script are no longer valid due to its location. This is only a problem if the external script is kept in a different directory than the page it was working on when it was an internal script. To correct this, use absolute paths inside the script. Absolute path examples:

    Code:
    http://www.somedomain.com/images/button.gif
    
    http://www.somedomain.com/~mysitename/index.html
    5 ) Inappropriately combining two or more scripts into one external file. Usually external scripts can be combined if one knows enough about scripting to do so properly. Even then it is possible to overlook something.

    A rule of thumb when testing is, if it won't work on the page, it won't work as an external file either.

    One other thing, if this is a DD script or any script that requires the credit remain for legal use, include the credit in the on page call, ex (see usage terms for more info on this, especially item 4 from the terms):

    HTML Code:
    <script src="some.js" type="text/javascript">
    /***********************************************
    * IFrame SSI script II-  Dynamic Drive DHTML code library (http://www.dynamicdrive.com)
    * Visit DynamicDrive.com for hundreds of original DHTML scripts
    * This notice must stay intact for legal use
    ***********************************************/
    </script>
    Make sure to retain all the 'decorations', as these include begin and end javascript comment delimiters, without which the script won't function.

    There is also info here:

    http://www.javascriptkit.com/javatutors/external.shtml
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    Thanks John... so brain dead last night that I didn't even think of this. I've already made it external and it's working perfectly and all pages are now validating.
    Deborah
    Deborah Whipp
    Web Designer
    Tallahassee, FL
    www.DWWebDesigns.com

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