thank you for your help iridiax,
I have transferred all of my web presence to blogs so I have to figure this out so Please bear with me here...
Basically, I changed the coding on the sidebar, and have used the html section when doing posts. That's it!! And the reason I started using the html was because I couldn't even get paragraph breaks by doing two enters, so I continued on..
I have been looking up the correct coding to use and found this interesting page http://codex.wordpress.org/Writing_Posts (Visual Versus HTML Editor)
I went right through that great markup validation site you linked to, and see that most of the problems are that the coding changed and faulted, like all the unclosed < and no opening tags and the </p> tags. None of them are on the original site or post pages, they happened because there was a coding meltdown.
So I come to the following conclusions....I hope they are correct.
<strong> instead of <b>
** use "<" instead of &
** My coding for lists is all wrong so I have to learn and fix that
** I did the <h2> etc right, but wordpress added the </p> that you note above.
What I need to know is:
**Can I use for spaces?
**What do I use to underline, I was using <u>
**You can't use tables with wordpress?
**When I use a text widget from wordpress.com I have to put the li type coding in, right?
**What do I use instead of a , the normal <p> doesn't work. To get paragraph breaks and double that size breaks.
**What is the correct code to justify, do font size & color
(which is obviously why this doesn't work from my sidebar widget)
<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center;"> <h2><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center;"><font color="#84A3C1">Freedom
Again, thanks for your wonderful help iridiax, I'm off to learn about lists.