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What DTD to use

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Could you tell me what -- if any -- changes are pertinent to me as a website designer now that the DTD 4.0 have been officially accepted. I have recently changed all my DTD's from 3.2 Final to 4.0 Transitional, since I want my contents to be as widely accessible as possible. Am I doing right here?

In a way I'm still in the dark as to the actual practical function of the dtd. Could you explain it to me from the point of view of the browser; perhaps I could get a better grasp of the concept. What happens when someone applies <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//IETF//DTD HTML//EN"> to his site NOW? Any immediate disadvantages?

Thanks again
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Appart from validators no other client software uses the dtd.

Got to http://www.w3.org/ and read.
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In other words, as of yet, it doesn't really matter. It was (and still is) a great idea, but it has not been implemented yet by any browsers (with the exception of foreign language characters). Use whatever you want, 99.999% of your web page viewers (and their browsers) will ignore it anyway. :(

So, as far as accessibility, it's more important to try and tone down your HTML and keep it simple - especially beware of all the "pseudo-proprietary" tags coming out from Netscape and Microsoft. It's good to be worried about wide accessibility, but work with the HTML, not the DTD. Someday, perhaps, the DTD will be used a bit more. But not likely, as the "bleeding-edge" tag war continues...

Finally, keep in mind that no matter what version of the DTD and what new HTML tags is "approved", "official", or recommended, some of your users will always be viewing your page with an old
version of Netscape 3. :)


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