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Old 01-29-2006, 09:10 AM   #1
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Default IE Save As vs. Cut & Paste DOCTYPES

I have been looking at a professionally done (supposedly) web site for a neighbor, and I tried getting the source of a few pages from the web, with two different results for the DOCTYPE:


Browser Internet Explorer 6.0 and "Edit > Save As":
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">

Browser Internet Explorer 6.0 "View > Source" and copy and paste into Metapad 3.5:
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 3.2//EN">


Their DOCTYPE of 3.2 is thoroughly antique, and using makes for lots of validation problems because 4.01 is the earliest HTML to recognize CSS. That said, why does the "Edit > Save As" change the setting to HTML 4.0 from the actual file HTML 3.2?

I would be curious to try this with Firefox or other browsers, but the result is interesting. There are other differences, perhaps more understandable, but how does IE choose HTML 4.0 Transistional, over other possible choices?
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