Alan{H} (detalles) wrote in wwwstandards,

XML Prolog & IE6 Quirks Mode

Why didn't anybody tell me before!?

Explorer Windows special: the xml prolog

In Explorer 6 Windows, Microsoft implemented one extra rule: if a doctype that triggers strict mode is preceded by an xml prolog, the page shows in quirks mode. This was done to allow web developers to achieve valid pages (which require a doctype) but nonetheless stay in quirks mode.

This is the xml prolog. You should put it on the very first line of your document, before the doctype.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1"?>

--Peter Paul Koch, "Quirks mode and strict mode" on

cross-posted: weblingo, webmasterguild
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