Does sniping work correctly in 0.9.7pre2?

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Avatar (SF) Mark Ta... 4 post(s)

Don’t have any deadlines for a couple of days, but I noticed after upgrading that I was getting a whole whack of error messages pertaining to what appears to be HTML parsing. For example:

Tue Apr 26 09:53:33 PDT 2005: Getting the sign in cookie.
Tue Apr 26 09:53:39 PDT 2005: Found an unusual tag @ 7602… (t" tabindex=“3” value=“Sign In Securely >”>)
Tue Apr 26 09:53:41 PDT 2005: Quote error!
Tue Apr 26 09:53:41 PDT 2005: Added ‘bad’ tag:
Tue Apr 26 09:53:41 PDT 2005: Quote error!
Tue Apr 26 09:53:41 PDT 2005: Added ‘bad’ tag: <script src=“<script src=”http://include.ebay.com/aw/pics/js/stats/base/ssLoad.js">
Tue Apr 26 09:53:41 PDT 2005: Quote error!
Tue Apr 26 09:53:41 PDT 2005: Added ‘bad’ tag: <script src=“<script src=”http://include.ebay.com/aw/pics/js/stats/_base/ssObjs.js">
Tue Apr 26 09:53:41 PDT 2005: Quote error!
Tue Apr 26 09:53:41 PDT 2005: Added ‘bad’ tag: <script src=“<script src=”http://include.ebay.com/aw/pics/js/stats/
base/ssLoad.js">
Tue Apr 26 09:53:41 PDT 2005: Done Getting the sign in cookie.

 
Avatar Morgan Schweers Administrator 1,204 post(s)

Greetings,
Yes, because debugging is always on in pre-releases, you’ll see a few more warning messages than usual. That JBidwatcher recognizes eBay’s nasty HTML mistakes (like the one you show there) means its working. :)

(Believe it or not, HTML parsing is a real bear, not because HTML is a hard format, but because so few people write clean HTML, and browsers have all kinds of error handling so they can figure out what the page author ‘meant’ to say, even if they’re dropping quotes and end-tags left and right. Because authors have gotten used to the browser cleaning up after them, many don’t write decent HTML, and the above is a good example. Or a bad example, I suppose…)

In any case, unless you’re seeing Java exceptions in the output, or unknown errors on bidding, I wouldn’t worry.

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!