Hugo, Prettier, and "SyntaxError: Unexpected closing tag"

[error] layouts/partials/footer.html: SyntaxError: Unexpected closing tag "body". It may happen when the tag has already been closed by another tag. For more info see (3:1)
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[error] > 3 | </body>
[error]     | ^^^^^^^

Like many, I have opened the body tag in a header.html file and am closing it in the footer.html file. I have a general rule to surrender to defaults until I have a good reason to override them. After a year of using prettier, I finally do have a reason now that I am rebuilding a site with Hugo.

I am guessing there is a .prettierrc setting to suppress this check but I haven’t found it yet. I see there are others using prettier with Hugo. I hope one of you can clue in the newbie.

Not sure how many “many” is… :slightly_smiling_face:

With Hugo templates I always open and close the body element within baseof.html.


Thank you. I will learn a bit and, I expect, follow your lead. The many, I guess, are just the few I have selected as examples to study. I may need to broaden my sample size.

For the record. At the moment the Hugo Docs has an example of a header.html that ends with an open body tag.

See: Partial Templates | Hugo

Thanks for the heads up!

Opening or closing the <body> outside of baseofhtml seems like a poor way to organise a layout. My expectation, and preference, would always be that a component “does what it says on the tin” and that, for example, layout/partials/site-footer.html contained only the site footer.

In my experience, clean and clear beats clever, every time.

It’s also worth noting that neither <header> or <footer> are required elements, unlike <body>, so it is unsafe to always assume that they will always be included.

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