feed error

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    I’m using a theme from wordpress. When I clicked on the feed ‘posts’ button at the top of the page, it went to an IE error page, and said it cannot display feed – “This feed contains code errors”.

    I haven’t adjusted the code at all. I tried changing themes to see if it was just the particular theme I’d chosen, but I got the same error again. Any help would be appreciated, thank you.

    The blog I need help with is leticiamaguire.wordpress.com.



    The site linked to your name isn’t a WordPress.com blog and we won’t be able to help you with that. If you have a blog that’s hosted here, please give us a link to it, starting with http.



    Hmm, I’m not getting any errors on the feed using Google Reader. Can you try it again and see if it was a temporary blip? I know staff were tinkering behind the scenes today and that might have affected it.


    Just tried again, and got the IE ‘cannot display this feed’ thing again. I got “more information”, and it says:

    An invalid character was found in text content.
    Line: 42 Character: 25

    I have not much idea about coding, so I don’t know what is on Line 42, char 25 (!?)
    However, I don’t want to subscribe to my own feed anyway, but I was worried that other people would get that error. I’m glad you didn’t see an error.


    ps: the ‘comment’ feed seems to be working, no problems.


    You have some “illegal” characters either in posts or somewhere on your blog and those need to be fixed.

    First off, go to settings > reading and toward the bottom make sure character encoding is set to UTF-8. Anything else will cause issues on the web, and especially with RSS feeds.

    Next go to settings > writing and select “WordPress should correct invalidly nested XHTML automatically” and click save changes.

    Now start opening your posts one at a time in the post editor, make one minor change like adding a space and then deleting it, and then click update post. and check your feed here: http://validator.w3.org/feed/ .

    Your feed address is http://leticiamaguire.wordpress.com/feed .


    Keep correcting your posts one by one as described above until the feed validates.


    YAY it worked, thank you SO much for your help, I appreciate it immensely!!


    I’m glad that did it for you, and you are very welcome.



    Should I be worried? http://validator.w3.org/feed/ says this:
    This feed is valid, but interoperability with the widest range of feed readers could be improved by implementing the following recommendations.
    line 113, column 0: style attribute contains potentially dangerous content: position:absolute;left:-10000px;top:0;width:1px;height:1px; (16 occurrences) [help]
    <div id="_mcePaste" style="position:absolute;left:-10000px;top:0;width:1px;h ...
    line 175, column 0: content:encoded should not contain script tag (2 occurrences) [help]
    <div class="PDS_Poll" id="PDI_container1944061">< ...

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