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Re: Beta: Fatal Error: No DOCTYPE specified!

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2002 17:41:55 +0000 (GMT)
To: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
Cc: W3C Validator <www-validator@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0210311739190.22266-100000@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Thu, 31 Oct 2002, Bjoern Hoehrmann wrote:
> * Ian Hickson wrote:
>> On Thu, 31 Oct 2002, Bjoern Hoehrmann wrote:
>>>>> 
>>>>> Let me repeat:
>>>>> 
>>>>>   if element html has attribute xmlns='http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml'
>>>>>     default to XHTML 1.0 Transitional
>>>>>   else
>>>>>     default to HTML 4.01 Transitional
>> So how would you implement it?
> A new start tag handler in preparse().

Which would break with examples such as the two I gave.


>>>> Furthermore, the HTML working group has stated that user agents (and
>>>> the validator is a user agent) should not attempt to detect XHTML in
>>>> text/html documents.
>>> 
>>> You don't suggest to adhere to this statement and thus treat XHTML
>>> documents as if they were HTML documents, do you?
>>
>> That would be ideal, yes.
> 
> That'd make the validator useless for text/html delivered XHTML
> documents.

There are many reasons why that's a goot thing.

   http://www.hixie.ch/advocacy/xhtml

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