[thelist] use the xml declaration or not?

Christopher Mahan chris_mahan at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 8 11:58:08 CDT 2004

> What is the difference between using or not using the xml
> declaration:
> <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> I have a site I'm working on
> that
> uses it, but I've been told I 
> shouldn't use it. But if I try removing it, the layout gets
> slightly 
> messed up in IE. It seems that the widths of some elements are
> becoming 
> wider. Is there an easy way to fix this, or am I better of just
> leaving 
> the xml declaration there now?
> Sarah

You are encouraged to use it (per w3c for xhtml 1.0 and 1.1 (and
2.0)), but it is not required. 

If I were you, I would keep it, since it makes going to a pure xml
system very easy later on. (assuming the xhtml validates)

Christopher Mahan
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