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Re: Version information

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2007 11:03:20 -0500
To: Murray Maloney <murray@muzmo.com>
Cc: public-html@w3.org
Message-Id: <1176566600.26252.49.camel@dirk>
On Sat, 2007-04-14 at 10:55 -0400, Murray Maloney wrote:
> >Ian Hickson wrote:
> >>>If we use the "short" doctype <!DOCTYPE html> we will confuse people who 
> >>>are used to xml, sgml and/or html4.
> >>The group of authors that would be confused is far, far outnumbered by 
> >>the group of authors who would find the shorter DOCTYPE a significant 
> >>improvement and simplification.
> >>
> If you aren't going to use a <!DOCTYPE properly, then please don't use it.
> <!DOCTYPE is an important token in SGML and XML. If you aren't intending
> to conform with SGML and XML, please do not use <!DOCTYPE.

The cute thing about <!DOCTYPE html> is that it does conform to XML.

This is a well-formed XML document:

<!DOCTYPE doc>
<doc />

(also attached for testing directly with web-based tools.)

Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
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