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Re: Semicolon after entities

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2007 10:32:53 +0100
Message-ID: <20070426103253.kh4vjqdsf47cwc8k@www.splintered.co.uk>
To: www-html@w3.org

Quoting "Philip Taylor (Webmaster)" <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>:

> 	Until the introduction of HTML5, DOCTYPEs have -- in the
> 	main -- been mere eye-candy at the start of a putative
> 	HTML document. With the introduction of HTML5, the
> 	DOCTYPE plays a vital role in determining the processing
> 	model for HTML documents.

Mere eye-candy for most cases, perhaps, but doctype switching has  
certainly been one of the main factors that have allowed modern css  
layouts etc to be used in an almost sane way in modern browsers,  
without breaking support for the display of legacy (usually  
doctype-less) sites.

Patrick H. Lauke
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