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[whatwg] Using the HTML5 DOCTYPE as a new quirksmode switch

From: Robert Brodrecht <whatwg@robertdot.org>
Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2007 20:36:33 -0800
Message-ID: <B0F06633-722C-477E-B8E8-A5329979B767@robertdot.org>

On Mar 10, 2007, at 5:24 PM, Andrew Fedoniouk wrote:

> And yet: web server configuration of headers is not always available.
> Public virtual site hosts is a good example.
>
> And more:
> Server adminestering and content creation are different roles/ 
> activities.
> As a rule different people handle these tasks. Requiring both of them
> to be involved in proces of creation of valid content will decrease
> probability that result will be valid.

People seem to have looked over the part where I suggested it could  
be either a header or *an http-equiv meta tag.*  The meta tag cuts  
out the backend developer / server admin.  Furthermore, if you have a  
need and your host or backend developer is not willing to honor that  
request, you are hiring the wrong people and you should find someone  
else who will do what you need.  This isn't a major undertaking to  
add this header.  There shouldn't be an instance where a professional  
web designer can't come up with a way to add a header to a request  
(either via global config, an .htaccess, or via a server-side  
scripting command).  If I am wrong about that statement, REAL XHTML  
was doomed to fail from the day it required a content-type other than  
text/html.

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Robert <http://robertdot.org>




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