[whatwg] [html5] tags, elements and generated DOM
ian at hixie.ch
Thu Apr 7 04:04:21 PDT 2005
On Thu, 7 Apr 2005, Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> > Can you also explain the point of the <!DOCTYPE ... gibberish that
> > the specs require at the top of documents? What are they doing,
> > please remove them, they serve no purpose whatsoever. Or if they do
> > serve a purpose, document what the purpose is.
> You should know the purpose I guess. (Standards mode.) I agree that it
> should be documentated.
Actually come to think of it there is also a second purpose, namely,
telling conformance checkers what version of the specification to check
against. (Which I guess is basically the original purpose of the DOCTYPE.)
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