[whatwg] DOCTYPE shouldn't be optional (fwd)

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Fri Jul 9 08:39:55 PDT 2004

On Fri, 9 Jul 2004, Jim Ley wrote:
> On Fri, 09 Jul 2004 10:34:28 -0400, Matthew Raymond wrote:
>> I believe Mozilla, Opera and Safari all support XHTML, so why would
>> employees of these companies define a standard that requires them to
>> treat HTML and XHTML differently?
> Because they already have to be and are being treated differently.

The differences are basically limited to the parser code. The majority of
the code for XHTML and HTML is shared in most implementations of XHTML and
HTML. Every difference is a pain to implement. Which is why we don't want
to add any more differences.

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