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I am trying to develop a .Net application in IE6 without bastardizing the presentation with traditional table-based positioning. I am trying to implement a mostly relative positioned and liquid design (aren't we all?), and I am experiencing anguish.
When I set the doctype to XHTML1 from HTML 4.01, I lose the fixed-widths of my spans and divs? I know this is because of how IE6 implements the box model per doctype, but can anyone tell me why? Does XHTML 1 just make all boxes ignore the width property? It also seems box margins and paddings have become quirky (do not work).
This may all be a result of poor implementation on my part, but wondering if anyone can shed any light.
[edited by: dewde at 2:46 pm (utc) on April 28, 2003]
I've recently gone rather anti-XHTML, but you can get standards mode in HTML 4.01 with these full doctypes:
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd">
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
Or, if you must, with:
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">