[whatwg] HTML syntax: comments before doctype and doctype sniffing
ian at hixie.ch
Sun Apr 27 18:40:01 PDT 2008
On Sun, 3 Dec 2006, Spartanicus wrote:
> "Simon Pieters" <zcorpan at hotmail.com> wrote:
> >The parsing section says that a comment before the doctype may trigger
> >quirks mode.
> I'm assuming that this comment merely documents IE's current behaviour.
> Please ignore my other comment if I'm wrong.
> >Therefore I think the syntax section shouldn't allow comments
> >before the doctype (only space characters).
> There are valid reasons to kick IE into quirks mode whilst triggering
> "standards mode" in other browsers. There is existing content on the web
> that intentionally does this. Why would you want to deny an author who
> fully understands the issues from doing this?
Once browsers implement HTML5, there won't be a way to trigger quirks in
one browser and not another. We want all HTML5 documents to trigger
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