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From: Pat Asher <>
Subject: Re: [FreeHelp] Basic Tag; DOCTYPE
Date: Sat, 07 Dec 2002 06:53:50 -0500
At 06:48 PM 12/5/2002, you wrote:
> A few days ago, Alwyn posted a note about tags and stated that the most
>important tag was the DOCTYPE tag. There was a sample tag which included
>DTD HTML 4.01 transitional".
> My question is that when I went to get the page validated, it stated in
>very BIG letters that my page was NOT HTML4. How do I determine what should
>go in the doctype tag? I am using FrontPage 2002 to compose and tweeking
>some afterwards by hand in the online editor. I've never had anyone say it
>didn't work fine. The site is: <.http://freepages.school-alumni.rootsweb
>Could someone please take a look and see, or let me know from excellent
>knowledge, and give me a clue what I need to put there?
Your DOCTYPE says HTML 4.0 instead of the correct version: HTML 4.01. You
have also omitted the ending > after
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
You have omitted the forward slash from your closing HEAD tag.
BGPROPERTIES and BORDERCOLOR are proprietary tags. They only work in
Internet Explorer, so will not validate as HTML 4.01.