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Re: [Fwd: Meaning of Strict / Transitional / Framesets]

From: Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 3 May 1999 17:30:22 +0100 (GMT Daylight Time)
To: "eric.armstrong" <eric.armstrong@eng.sun.com>
cc: www-html-editor@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.WNT.4.10.9905031727580.-1924469-100000@hazel.hpl.hp.com>
On Sun, 2 May 1999, eric.armstrong wrote:

> Resending, in case this went to the wrong place the first time.
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Meaning of Strict / Transitional / Framesets
> To: voyager-issues@themacs.com
> Hi, guys.
> I was just reading the xhtml spec, and looking over the
> the three dtds -- strict, transitional, and framesets.
> Unfortunately, the spec never seems to say what the difference
> is between these three dtds or, more importantly, what 
> motivates the need for three.
> The headers for all three are identical, too, so it's difficult
> to tell them apart. Any chance I could get a few clues as to
> when to use one, vs. one of the others?

The distinction originates with the last W3C HTML working group
which decided that we should have different DTDs, one intended
for use with style sheets and another that kept the old presentation
tags and attributes. The term "transitional" was chosen to emphasise
that we expected it to die out as support for style sheets matures.
The third DTD was for frameset documents. 


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