HTML Doctype Declaration

Marc Andreessen (
Fri, 4 Jun 93 20:59:03 -0500

Dale Dougherty writes:
> In order to validate a SGML file, it must have
> a DOCTYPE declaration, pointing to the SGML DTD.
> Here's an example:
> <!DOCTYPE HTML SYSTEM "/work/dmg/dtds/html/orahtml.dtd" >
> Now, I know that the WWW parser does not need this
> information because it does not actually read
> a DTD. However, if one is validating HTML files with an SGML parser,
> which is the right thing to do at some point, the SGML parser needs
> this line. It would be nice to depend upon the HTML parser
> to at least know to ignore it.
> In Xmosaic, for instance, this line is displayed on the screen.

NOT in 1.1. Are we clairvoyant, or what? :-)


Marc Andreessen
Software Development Group
National Center for Supercomputing Applications