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Re: Doctype detection

From: Ian Hickson <py8ieh=mozilla@bath.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2000 19:12:38 +0100 (BST)
To: Jan Roland Eriksson <jrexon@newsguy.com>
cc: www-html@w3.org, www-style <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.21.0007261909040.20004-100000@mary.bath.ac.uk>
On Wed, 26 Jul 2000, Jan Roland Eriksson wrote:
> 
> Don't use "doctype-sniffing" for the wrong purpose, doing that
> will only create a new set of problems that we need to discuss
> again some years from now.

I disagree, but let us put that aside for now.

Given the following facts:

1. For browsers to have any significant market share they must 
   render legacy content in a backwards-compatible way.

2. Browsers should render documents designed for the standards 
   in a standards-compliant way without being explicitly told
   to using non-standard extensions.

...how would you suggest browsers should detect whether to use
their quirks mode or their standard compliant mode?

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