[thelist] More HTML validators & DTDs

Duncan O'Neill dbaxo at ihug.co.nz
Sat Sep 2 04:25:12 CDT 2000

Hey all,

thanks for the responses to my first qu. on HTML validators.

Here's another (basic) question; 

Erika said; 

>>The W3C validator will validate according to your DTD.  
>>This can be helpful. Do the browsers care about your DTD?  
>>The browsers do not. Anyways, a DTD 
>>helps with your W3C code validation, which is reason enough.

but then Aardvark says;

>>however, the current crop of browsers don't have the support for 
>>even HTML 4.01 

Can someone clarify? Am I right in assuming that any DTD that 
I make won't affect the *display* of the page in any browser, 
but that they're purely for the purposes of code validation? 
So that if I declare a document as 4.01 transitional, or strict, 
or whatever, they'll still display as intended, even though 
the current crop don't fully support 4.01?

thanks in advance, 

Duncan O'Neill
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