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HTM file not displaying contents - only <h even though all coding is viewable in browser

Community Beginner ,
Jan 06, 2022 Jan 06, 2022

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Help! An HTM file opened fine and showed all my coding/text. Then somehow it only shows <h in the Display view—nothing else (screen shot #1).

 

If I open the file in a browser, you can see that the formatting is running all together but the content is all there (screen shot 2#). I was attempting to try to fix the formatting when all the text disappeared in the Display view.

 

Since all the content is still there (screen shot #2), it makes me think that this is just a display/view problem in Dreamweaver and that I have not lost all the content, but I don't know.

 

I also need help fixing the file since it is supposed to look like screen shot #3. That was my original goal before I couldn't find where all the text went. Thank you for any help!

Screen Shot 1.pngScreen Shot 2.pngScreen Shot 3.png

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Community Beginner , Jan 14, 2022 Jan 14, 2022

Thanks, everyone! The best option was to just redo. 

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Jan 06, 2022 Jan 06, 2022

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See the red "X in Circle" icon at the bottom of your document window?

That means you have errors in your html. Things like unclosed tags can cause what you're seeing in DW. Browsers are better equipped to guess what the developer was thinking when they run into code problems, DW... not so much.

Run your code through the validator here and fix the reported errors: http://validator.w3.org/nu
If it doesn't come back after fixing the problems, post back with the entire code of the page and someone here will be able to point to where things went awry.

 

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Thank you! I submitted the file to this tool but it said it timed out. 

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Definitely a coding error as Jon eluded to. Somewhere there is a bad tag. However, I suspect you could end up with a lot of errors because I can see this code was generated from Microsoft Word.  Personally speaking for a quick fix, I would re-export from Word. But longer term look to make a cleaner page in DW with more modern code.

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Good call. Thanks. This is old and I have thought I need to redo. 

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This appears to be junk code generated by MS Word which is not exactly ideal code to work with.  As @Jon Fritz said, your code contains errors denoted by the red X in a circle.  

 

Go to File > New > HTML and click the Create Button.

Type some text.

Save (Ctrl + S).

Does it work OK?

 

Going forward, when copying from MS Office, always use Edit > Paste Special with Text Only.  This strips out the junk code before it reaches your HTML document.  Use CSS to style your content.

 

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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Thanks, everyone! The best option was to just redo. 

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