Subject: Re: [htdig] Re: the mysterious "Deleted, no excerpt" problem
From: Patrick Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue May 23 2000 - 12:38:53 PDT
[regarding null chars in HTML files...]
> Out of curiousity, how does it show in browsers? This may be one of those
> "real world" issues where the HTML parser just needs to be more liberal.
In Netscape 4.72 on WinNT:
Null bytes at the beginnings of documents seem to be ignored. But a
null byte in the middle of a line of text causes the rest of the line
(up to the next newline) to be truncated.
Null bytes at the beginning ignored. Null bytes in the middle of lines
are displayed as little white boxes. Or, rather, a series of them are
treated as a unit, and displayed as a single little white box.
OmniWeb 3.0.2 on Mac OS X Server 1.2:
Ignores them at the beginning; treats series of them, midline, as whitespace
(i.e. looks like same amount of space as between any other two words).
Now --- here's what caused all this: The folks that created these files
were using BBEdit 5.0. As it turns out, there's a bug with this version.
According to the folks at Bare Bones:
| There is a memory bug in BEBdit 5.0 which can cause this sort of random
| corruption. Updating to the current release (5.1.1) will fix this. A free
| updater to 5.1.1 is available at
--- Patrick Robinson AHNR Info Technology, Virginia Tech email@example.com
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