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What does the EN (probably, English) mean in the recommended
opening phrase of an HTML document? E.g. in
   <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 3.2//EN">
Has it anything to do with the content of document? E.g. is
it appropriate for a document in Russian?

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You are correct about your guess- it does indeed stand for "English". It means that this particular DTD (Document Type Definition, version 3.2, was written by W3C, (the World Wide Web Consortium), and was written in English. It is entirely apprpriate for a document in Russian, or any other language, as long as you are using the standard HTML tags defined by that DTD (such as A HREF and STRONG).

In most cases, you don't need to worry about the DTD as most people leave them out and today's browsers are smart enough to figure out the page anyway.


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