[whatwg] Using the HTML5 DOCTYPE as a new quirksmode switch
ian at hixie.ch
Mon Jun 18 21:45:59 PDT 2007
On Sat, 10 Mar 2007, Jorgen Horstink wrote:
> As far as I understand it, the new DOCTYPE switch is meant to 'tell' to
> browser the document follows the HTML5 specification.
No, the new DOCTYPE is merely meant to trigger standards mode (as opposed
to quirks mode).
> HTML5 is set up to be backwards compatible with HTML4 documents. The
> opposite does not hold. There must be at least one new DOCTYPE to 'tell'
> the browser HTML5 is being served.
No, the opposite does in fact hold. It shouldn't matter whether the
document is HTML5 or HTML4 or earlier; they all have the same processing
rules, given by the HTML5 spec.
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