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Quick question: Trying to register for free iPage web hosting on Freehostia...? Thanks in advance for any response. Second question.. I thought I'd turn to the experts....(OK flattery over!.

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I have to say I'm new to html....and have had a new toy thrust on me....namely Dreamweaver MX....oh and a challenge..

I have to do some html work...but it MUSt conform to html 3.2 and javascript 1.1 ONLY. How can I ensure that I do this??..

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Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the answer to your question. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I find an useful answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably can help you..

Comment #1

Actually it's neither an opinion nor impolite. There are reasons why the HTML standards have been upgraded and why HTML 3 is no longer a standard at all. Coding now to specifically not to conform to HTML 4 or XHTML 1 is silly..

And as far as I'm concerned if I'm asked to give someone help that help includes my professional views on what they're trying to do. I also feel fully entitled to ask questions, including "why?"..

In fact, blindly telling someone how to do something and at the same time not enquiring about reasons or failing to point out that what they're trying to do is ill-advised is actually NOT giving help at all..

Those who don't like it can ignore my help, but I'll continue to give it in the manner I best see fit..

While I'm at it, to the best of my knowledge you can set DW MX to write valid XHTML code, but not a specific HTML standard. However, if you go to "Edit"..."Preferences"...."Validator" you can set it to validate the markup for HTML 3.2. Then when you've written the code for a page you simply go to "File"..."Check Page"..."Validate Markup".

Neil..

Comment #2

>> There are reasons why the HTML standards have been upgraded and why HTML 3 is no longer a standard at all. <<.

As long as the HTML page includes the DOCTYPE declaration, and you use only tags that are specified in the HTML 3.2 standard, then there is no reason at all why you cannot produce a valid HTML 3.2 document. The validator at.

Http://validator.w3.org/.

Will help you to get things just right..

If you want a bit more flexibility of code, and the ability to add CSS later on, and so on, then I would encourage you to look instead at using HTML 4.01 Transitional, but you.

Don't have to.

As long as you produce.

Valid.

And.

Well-formed.

Code, browsers will render it..

The point about using a DOCTYPE statement as the very first line of the file is simply that this serves as an identifier for what sort of document it is. Curent browsers still support all of the old HTML versions, but use.

Quirks Mode.

(read that as "best guess") for any document that does not specify a DOCTYPE at the beginning..

In a similar way, Microsoft Word Version 1.0 is very much obsolete, but the new Office XP (includes Word version 10 or 11 is that?) can still understand that very old version of the file format...

Comment #3


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.