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[whatwg] HTML5 DOCTYPE

From: David Håsäther <hasather@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2007 14:10:08 +0100
Message-ID: <1a296f990712010510p3cad8fb5wd101ea85cf3f8278@mail.gmail.com>
Yuhong Bao wrote:

> I agree that the HTML5 DOCTYPE should be optional

Note that this is only the case for the XML serialization.

> but how about expanding it to the full thing like the HTML 4.01 DOCTYPE?

As the FAQ explains[1] the only reason for the inclusion of the
DOCTYPE declaration in the spec is to trigger standards mode in
browsers, and <!doctype html> does just that. Using the full form
would only waste bytes as browsers don't use that information anyway.

[1] http://wiki.whatwg.org/wiki/FAQ#What_will_the_DOCTYPE_be.3F

David H?s?ther
Received on Saturday, 1 December 2007 05:10:08 UTC

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