Meaning: doc-type, header, body, etc.

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    This is really a poll of sorts so it should be community wiki. Oct 20, 2010 at 19:37

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I use xhtml 1.0 transitional because it is flexible, does what I need, and is relatively up to date.


I've been using "html" for the doc-type for a while:

<!DOCTYPE html>

HTML5 is actually standard, even if I do prefer XML syntax and parsing.

  • @Paul McMillan: Agree HTML5 is the future, and laughed when I saw the "html" doc-type, really have a hard time understand how that's a standard... :-) ...even more funny is that w3.org "says" it's not a standard... ;-) SOURCE: w3.org/QA/2002/04/valid-dtd-list.html
    – blunders
    Oct 21, 2010 at 2:25

I use XHTML 1.0 Strict because (a) I edit in plain-text and I like to see my markup validate because I have a perfectionist streak, (b) get things pixel-perfect across browsers (though it's less of a problem w/the slow demise of the accursed IE5.5 - rendering differences with whitespace - need I say more?) and (c) strict markup tends to be forward-compatible (though I've got to say I'm not looking forward to the lax requirements posited by HTML5 ... pSeUdO-CaMeLcAsE markup may be "valid" but it isn't easy on the eyes).

  • +1 on Strict (HTML or XHTML) being forward-compatible. You can always drop to a Transitional DOCTYPE on the odd page that requires a deprecated attribute/tag.
    – MrWhite
    Oct 22, 2010 at 20:11

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