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Re: Error Message Feedback

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 14:33:42 +1000
Message-ID: <432F9126.5060105@lachy.id.au>
To: Ed Cannon {cannone} <Ed.Cannon@mccombs.utexas.edu>
CC: www-validator@w3.org

Ed Cannon {cannone} wrote:
> The validator told me "no doctype found", but the very first line of my
> document was:
> <!doctype HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
> "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
> I was sure I had copied the doctype from somewhere on your site a long
> time ago.  So I searched and found this one of yours:
> <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
> "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
> It took me a moment to notice the difference, that in the non-working
> one it's "doctype" not "DOCTYPE".  I changed the case, and then it did
> not give me that particular error message.

In SGML, AFAIK, that's supposed to be case insensitive and the validator 
shouldn't be issuing that message.  It looks like a bug in the validator 
and should be filed in bugzilla, if it's not already known.


> Now I've got to update a hundred or so pages from "doctype" to
> "DOCTYPE".  

While it is more conventional to use the upper case version, it is 
perfectly valid to leave it as lower case, so there's no need to do so.

Lachlan Hunt
Received on Tuesday, 20 September 2005 04:34:02 UTC

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