[whatwg] doctype parsing

L. David Baron dbaron at dbaron.org
Sun Aug 22 15:56:15 PDT 2004

On Sunday 2004-08-22 11:15 +0000, Ian Hickson wrote:
> 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?

I had a copy of Goldfarb in front of me (borrowed from a library) when I
wrote the DOCTYPE parsing code currently used in Mozilla.  I wrote code
that skips comments and processing instructions (although the
processing-instruction skipping code isn't quite right), so IIRC they
are allowed.


L. David Baron                                <URL: http://dbaron.org/ >
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