[whatwg] doctype parsing

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Sun Aug 22 04:15:00 PDT 2004

On Sun, 1 Aug 2004, Olav Junker [iso-8859-1] Kjær wrote:
> Is comments allowed before the doctype in HTML? In MSIE, a strict 
> doctype preceded by a comment will not trigger standards mode, but in 
> Mozilla it will. From the HTML 4 spec, its not clear whether comments is 
> allowed before the doctype. (Of course this must be defined somewhere in 
> SGML, but is seems that with XHTML appendix C, HTML has officially cut 
> its ties to SGML?)

Good question. Does anyone have a copy of Goldfarb who can answer this?

> If comments is allowed before the doctype, it enables an ugly but useful
> hack in IE: with the WHATWG doctype, a document is rendered in standard
> mode, however if a comment precedes the doctype, the document is rendered
> in quirks mode. This might be useful if legacy pages is upgraded to WF2.

I guess we should just allow it (and not mention anything in the specs).

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