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75px This userbox is responsible for screwing up the HTML layout on this page.

Please do not put templates with <div> tags or tables (this includes all userboxes and message boxes) in lists. While this has nothing to do with XHTML validation per se (<div> and <table> can be used inside a <li>), it confuses the wikitext parser, making the page invalid.

As you can see, the formatting on this page is broken (look at the sidebar and tabs). It produces an unclosed <div> tag, which, coupled with a lenient parser (which MediaWiki uses even in Firefox, even though it has a strict XML parser), is responsible for the effect you see on this very page. These kinds of layout errors are hard to fix because it requires removing chunks of text from the page and reloading it to localize the problem. - Sikon 10:03, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

  • My apologies for putting that on the Userbox Proposal page. I was just trying to be sarcastically clever. Didn't realize it messed up the page. - JMAS 19:51, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

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