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Re: Is "breaking the Web" with HTML 5 a non issue?

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 15:54:14 -0500
To: Andrew Sidwell <w3c@andrewsidwell.co.uk>
Cc: Justin James <j_james@mindspring.com>, public-html@w3.org
Message-Id: <1222116854.6800.838.camel@pav.lan>

On Mon, 2008-09-22 at 17:47 +0100, Andrew Sidwell wrote:
> Justin James wrote:
> > Thanks!
> > 
> > This seems like less than ideal behavior. What is the point of DOCTYPE if
> > UAs don't make any kind of decisions based upon it?
> There isn't much of one; it's a talisman.  Certain doctypes put layout 
> engines into "Standards mode", rather than "Quirks mode".  <!DOCTYPE 
> html> is the shortest string that triggers standards mode in all 
> browsers, which is why it's the HTML5 doctype.  Browsers have never 
> switched how they behave based on the version of HTML being used, and 
> none of them intend to.

I don't think the spec captures that rationale, so let's make
sure it's captured in the issue tracker...
ISSUE-4 html-versioning
HTML Versioning and DOCTYPEs

Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
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