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From Dave Fisher <>
Subject Re: Doctype of websites
Date Tue, 20 Mar 2012 23:42:01 GMT

On Mar 16, 2012, at 2:19 AM, Regina Henschel wrote:

> Hi all,
> Christian Lohmaier schrieb:
>> Hi Dave, *,
>> probably one of my last messages on the list since I'll be gone with
>> the forwarder.. (so assume I will not read replies tomorrow/whenever
>> the switch is flipped)
>> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 4:32 PM, Dave Fisher<>  wrote:
>>> On Mar 15, 2012, at 7:37 AM, Rob Weir wrote:
>>>> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:33 AM, Dave Fisher<>
>>>>> On Mar 15, 2012, at 12:22 AM, Regina Henschel wrote:
>>> [...]
>>>>>>> Well sort of. If you look at the actual document on the site
>>>>>>> you will probably find it contains an XHTML doctype even now.
>> Old OOo pages were xhtml transitional, that is correct. And at least
>> the and pages were fully valid
>> (according to the w3c validator)
>> CollabNet Enterprise Edition (that was used before Kenai, and after
>> SourceCast (the old name of older version of CollabNet Enterprise
>> Edition that was used even earlier) did as well ignore the doctype and
>> other meta-tags, but merged title and meta tags into the overall
>> templating system.
>> So all pages were delivered as xhtml - of course that didn't make them
>> valid, but that means that they worked for the users and editors with
>> that doctype.
>>> [...]
>>> I think that ssi.mdtext should add a line like:
>>> doctype:<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "">
>> Please don't turn back the wheel of time. If you want to make a
>> unification, then I suggest you either user xhtml transitional, or
>> make the step to html5 right away as default.
> One of XHTML or HTML5 would be fine for me too. XHTML would mean less work, but HTML5
likely assures of a good future.

I am happy to report that the site doctype is now html5 and that various minor issues with
the site template were fixed.

I implemented the doctype using an SSI. If necessary any first level folder in the site can
theoretically have a special type. Doing so might cause trouble with the site template, but


> Kind regards
> Regina

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