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Why DOCTYPE Declarations for XHTML?

From: Arjun Ray <aray@q2.net>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 04:15:38 -0500 (EST)
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.10.10001140405180.2094-100000@mail.q2.net>

In the Working Drafts published recently for various flavors of XHTML 1.x,
the section on conformance requirements seems to insist on a doctype
declaration with (boilerplate?) text that looks like this:

: There must be a DOCTYPE declaration in the document prior to the root
: element.  If present, the public identifier included in the DOCTYPE
: declaration must reference the DTD found in [some appendix] using its
: Formal Public Identifier.

Could someone from the WG - or anyone with similarly privileged access to
discussions held in camera - explain this requirement?

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