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bug: misreporting broken link

I have an article with some tips for working with CD. On the page is the following snippet

<PRE>&lt;table {{$$}$.TABLESTYLE${$$}} &gt;
  &lt;tr&gt;&lt;td width="33%"&gt;
    &lt;A href="index.html"&gt;Front Page&lt;/A&gt;
  &lt;/td&gt;&lt;/tr&gt;
  &lt;tr&gt;&lt;td width="33%"&gt;
    &lt;A href="PTMFOG0000000030.html"&gt; One Man's Opinion &lt;/A&gt;
  &lt;/td&gt;&lt;/tr&gt;
  etc...
&lt;/table&gt;
</PRE>

If I later delete the FOG..30.html file, I get spurious "broken link" errors every time I publish. This is, of course, fixable, but it was hard to figure out what the problem was -- this doesn't show up as a link and none of the other links on the page were broken.

Brian St. Pierre
Wednesday, February 13, 2002

Yeah, unfortunately, we search for (and replace) "PTMFOG" type things no matter where they are.

Joel Spolsky
Wednesday, February 13, 2002

I'm experiencing what may be a related phenomenon.

I have a set of articles that I have looped within the "Sidebar" like so:

When I preview or publish, I can get the following warning:

Warning: broken link "PTMFOG0000000014" in file \Articles\event-page1

The published HTML looks like this:

<P dir=ltr><A href="PTMFOG0000000014"></P></A>

Not sure why this is happening, or if these are related?

Joel Grossman
Friday, February 15, 2002

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