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DOCTYPE

HTML 4.01 Element Reference

By Lee Underwood

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Name: Document Type Definition

<!DOCTYPE>

Description: Tells the browser what version of HTML is being used.

Browser Compatibility: NN: 1.0+ / IE: 2.0+ / Opera: 4+

Attributes:
  • None

Code Example:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN"
"http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd">


<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
"http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">


<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Frameset//EN"
"http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/frameset.dtd">

Comments: Should be the first line in the HTML document. Failure to use the element may result in validation errors and page display problems.

XHTML Notes: The DOCTYPE element must appear in the upper/lowercase letters shown here, even in XHTML.




Created: March 15, 2005

URL: http://webreference.com/html/reference/specs/