I recently read something that might explain what you are talking about
" ...IE5/Mac emulates non-standard IE5/Windows behavior in Quirks mode, but
delivers accurate standards compliance in Strict mode. You trigger Quirks
mode by leaving out the DOCTYPE or creating a DOCTYPE with no W3C URL:
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">
You trigger Strict mode by beginning your page with a DOCTYPE that includes
the relevant W3C URL:
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
The Gecko browsers (Mozilla, Netscape 6.x) follow IE5/Mac¹s lead, as does
the IE6 beta [now IE6 ‹ ed.]. In all these browsers, you can use DOCTYPES to
control whether you want your site to comply with standards as written, or
to emulate the behavior of older, less compliant browsers... "
> From: Kevin Switzer [EMAIL-REMOVED]>
> Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2004 19:29:45 -0600
> To: "Susan R. Grossman" [EMAIL-REMOVED]>,
> Subject: RE: [css-d] An IE Mystery
> It does now, but the problem still exists.
> <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
> The weird thing is, if you hit the Refresh button, it fixes the problem on the
> test page, but not the main page.
> From: [EMAIL-REMOVED] on behalf of Susan R. Grossman
> Sent: Wed 11/10/2004 12:58 PM
> To: [EMAIL-REMOVED]
> Subject: Re: [css-d] An IE Mystery
> On Wed, 10 Nov 2004 11:30:57 -0600, Kevin Switzer
> [EMAIL-REMOVED]> wrote:
>> In IE, http://denmark.stamats.com/test.htm looks great...
>> However, http://denmark.stamats.com/ has the same exact css and html,
>> but looks awful.
>> Anybody want to try to solve that mystery?
> the test page doesn't have a doctype
> Susan R. Grossman
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