Here's a question that was brought to my attention today...
I found a few articles by Eric Meyer (and others like A List Apart) on
doctype switching, and why you should do it - but I couldn't find the answer
to one question I had...so I thought maybe you all might know, or have extra
What, exactly, does the Doctype *do*? I know it determines how the browser
should treat the display of the page and stuff...but what would happen if
you used perfect CSS that's on par with today's standards, but served your
website as HTML 4.01 Transitional? How out of whack would it throw your
CSS? Are there things that HTML 4.01 doesn't even recognize, because it's
not that far ahead in the game? If so, what? Would upping it one notch by
adding the URI (or changing to HTML 4.01 Strict) make it function properly,
or would you need to change completely to XHTML 1.0 Transitional at the very
I was just curious...it was just an interesting thing that passed my way
today, and I understand the need for the right Doctypes, but I couldn't find
anything that *exactly* told me how to tell which doctype is best suited for
whatever you're designing/recognizes (or doesn't) certain parts of CSS.
Hope I made sense here!
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