Updating "Recommended list of DTDs"


Can http://www.w3.org/QA/2002/04/valid-dtd-list.html be updated?

I have several concerns:

  * It lists doctypes, not DTDs.

  * The template uses lang=en but people use the template for other  
languages without changing lang. (Adding text to encourage people to  
change lang doesn't really help since people copy examples and don't read  

  * The template includes the XML declaration, which triggers quirks mode  
in IE6.

  * The template uses a meta tag that has no effect in most browsers and is  
invalid in HTML5.

  * The three doctypes for HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.0 are written after each  
other, causing people to copy-paste all three.

  * It recommends doctypes that I would not recommend. I would recommend  
(for text/html) one of HTML5, HTML 4.01 Strict or possibly XHTML 1.0  
Strict. (For XML I would recommend no doctype.)

  * "List of DTDs for the CSS validator." seems like a bogus empty section  
that should be removed.

  * "Authoring tools MUST NOT use the following list." seems out of place  
and should probably also be removed.

Simon Pieters
Opera Software

Received on Monday, 21 December 2009 11:50:52 UTC