I have just ran this blog through W3C Validator. It failed with 700 errors.Granted, I take credit for plenty of errors. For example, I didn't escape twice the ampersand symbol in my FoxRecord page popularity meter. Knowing that it goes through template parser, I should have written & not & when building URL's there.
Fixing it removed 60 errors. 640 to go. What next?
To check how much errors Blogspot Jeans Template brings me, I've ran my another Blogspot blog through Validator. The other blog runs with 'Minima Black' template and basically serves as a stub, having only one post. 347 errors.
Then I compared distinct post pages. Both posts contained only one picture. The resulting disparity between error numbers would define the amount of XHTML markup errors introduced to my blog with Blogger Blue Jeans template, Blogger Tag Cloud trick and Blogger Related Posts hack from JackBook.com.
The results were astonishing.
|My custom Blogspot Template with Blogger Blue Jeans template, Blogger Tag Cloud trick and Blogger Related Posts hack||Standard Blogger 'Minima Black' template|
|342 errors||348 errors|
The simple minimal standard Blogger template in fact contains more XHTML Validation errors then my custom template that I've created from a very ugly port from a WordPress template, with plenty of my self-made and borrowed hacks and tricks.
Of course, there is quite a way to go. For example, my simple 'Google fail' post totally breaks Internet Explorer. It simply stops rendering the page after first paragraph. The rest of the post and the whole right sidebar is not visible. This is my small 'ACID2' test.
'Related Posts in Blogger' hack from JackBook is no good. It simply puts all the related posts into your post page, hiding their bodies with CSS. That doesn't result in duplicate content since it is done with Java, though it noticeably increases page loading time. This is totally no good, and that's the reason I started to write FoxRecord.
So far so good. Google Webmasters Tools meanwhile only complains about duplicate title tags on my post pages and their comment pages.
But the HTML/XHTML errors in Blogger templates is something that should be really worked on. http://blogger.com contains 19 HTML markup errors itself.
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