[whatwg] HTML6 Doctype

David Bruant bruant at enseirb-matmeca.fr
Tue Aug 24 16:12:08 PDT 2010


Note after "10.1.1 The DOCTYPE" :
"DOCTYPEs are required for legacy reasons. When omitted, browsers tend
to use a different rendering mode that is incompatible with some
specifications. Including the DOCTYPE in a document ensures that the
browser makes a best-effort attempt at following the relevant

Reading the following description, I have the impression that HTML6 will
require a DOCTYPE as well.

Following the hypothesis that the HTML language or HTML parser
definition may change, it means that HTML6 may need a different DOCTYPE
than HTML5 in order to "[follow] the relevant specifications".

What will this doctype be since it cannot be <!DOCTYPE HTML>?

The underlying question being : shouldn't doctype be versioned (as it
has been with HTML 3.2/4/4.01 and XHTML 1/1.1)?

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