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#8 Not for XHTML

by leafdigital

Tuesday June 18th, 2002 10:26 AM

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Unfortunately, if you're writing XHTML then just setting the DOCTYPE isn't enough. You'll need to serve the page with the application/xhtml+xml MIME type too, or it will be treated as HTML by Mozilla and other browsers, therefore losing most of the advantages of XHTML (such as enforced well-formedness).

If you do serve the page with that MIME type, then IE6 won't be able to read it at all, so you'll need to have server-side code which sends an appropriate version of the page with different content-type depending on whether the browser is capable of understanding XHTML.

Basically I'm not really convinced that a doctype in a .html file really means anything now or in the future, though it might in a .xhtml file or when you serve as application/xhtml+xml. In HTML, the browser manufacturers might just as well have just said to use a <meta> tag to turn on standards mode, instead of the doctype switch. :)

--sam -