Error while parsing file 'element "strike" not allowed anywhere

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the error message:
Error while parsing file 'element "strike" not allowed anywhere; expected the element end-tag, text or element "a", "abbr", "acronym", "applet", "b", "bdo", "big", "br", "cite", "code", "del", "dfn", "em", "i", "iframe", "img", "ins", "kbd", "map", "noscript", "ns:svg", "object", "q", "samp", "script", "small", "span", "strong", "sub", "sup", "tt" or "var" (with xmlns:ns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg")'.

the offending bit:
ERROR OEBPS/Text/pts-004.xhtml 25 55

As a non-expert, but using Sigil to create epubs, I cannot find for sure where this line is - in the (automatically generated) toc-ncx file, line 25 is '<content src="Text/pts-acknow.xhtml" />'

In the (again auto-generated) content-opf file, line 25 is ' <item href="Text/pts-007.xhtml" id="pts-007.xhtml" media-type="application/xhtml+xml" />'

In my own TOC file, line 25 is '<a href="../Text/pts-010.xhtml">10. EEE 8</a><br />'

- there seem to be a lot of lines using the 'offending' pattern that are exactly the same except for beein 003 or 005 etc - I do HTML coding for my website so while not an expert am not a complete know-nothing either,and I cannot find anything that looks like it needs correcting, or that has set the 'error finder' off.

Any ideas would be appreciated
Thanks

This line tells you where the error is:

ERROR OEBPS/Text/pts-004.xhtml 25 55

Open that file and go to line 25 character offset 25 and you'll find a strike tag. It's obsolete in HTML5; the recommendation is to use del now.

Thank you **very** much, 'passed' now, also for the 'included' lesson about reading the error messages a bit more carefully. The book is A Place to Stand, it's on Smashwords, if you want a 'comp copy' get in touch (actually this is Green Island Book II, I could send both)

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