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RE: DOCTYPE affects Netscape 6

From: Reitzel, Charlie <CReitzel@arrakisplanet.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2002 18:53:42 -0500
Message-ID: <B5C79DDBC655D311B6BD0008C7E64D76013C1A27@exchange.arrakisplanet.com>
To: "'JAMESICUS@aol.com'" <JAMESICUS@aol.com>, html-tidy@w3.org
Cc: carole@fates.org
FWIW, the current version of Tidy on SourceForge (see
http://tidy.sourceforge.net) will add the XML declaration prior to the
DOCTYPE when using -asxhtml (or --output-xhtml yes).

-----Original Message-----
From: JAMESICUS@aol.com [mailto:JAMESICUS@aol.com]
Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2001 6:48 PM
To: html-tidy@w3.org
Cc: carole@fates.org
Subject: Re: DOCTYPE affects Netscape 6

In a message dated 12/19/01 8:31:04 AM US Mountain Standard Time, 
carole@fates.org writes:

>  Running 'tidy -asxml' puts in a DOCTYPE declaration that
>  seems to confuse Netscape 6.  Now, this seems like a 
>  perfectly valid w3c-compliant declaration, so it may be
>  Netscape's fault.

I personally always copy and paste the DOCTYPE declaration constructs from
one of my templates whenever I create a new page and thus had never observed
the ones affixed by Tidy. I just ran an old (HTML version 4.0) document
through HTML-Kit/Tidy -- using the convert to XHTML facility -- which 
produced the following constructs:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"

This is deficient IAW the W3C XHTML 1.0 Specification (the XML declaration
is missing and the html root element does not include the language
attributions) which prescribes (for example):

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" 

James Pickering
Tucson, Arizona
Received on Wednesday, 2 January 2002 18:53:48 UTC

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