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What flavour of HTML do you use?

And when are you likely to change?

     
4:39 pm on Apr 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I thought it might be interesting to do a quick non-scientific survey of what versions of HTML people in the trenches actually use.

What version of HTML do I mark my pages up in?
Almost always XHTML 1.0 Strict. (I'm aware of course that, ideally, I ought to be marking everything up in HTML 4.01 Strict.)

When will I change the version of HTML I'm using?
As soon as FF and IE can have a good go at rendering HTML 5 [w3.org].

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4.01 strict unless a client specifically wants xhtml. Planning to shift to 5.0, well, not when it's done since that's supposed to be in 10 years or so, but when there's a benefit to doing so.
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What version of HTML do I mark my pages up in?
Almost always HTML 4.01 Strict (and sometimes XHTML 1.0 strict when needed for 3rd party applications).

When will I change the version of HTML I'm using?
No time soon.

6:06 pm on Apr 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Anything over the past 3 or 4 years has been mostly 4.01 strict. HTML 5 looks like it has a lot of neat things to introduce, so yeah, I'll change when that's introduced (unless I'm retired by that time).
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Almost always XHTML 1.0 Strict.

I went through a conversion from XHTML Strict to HTML Strict and I ended up going back to XHTML Strict because of applications being developed using XHTML and attempting to blend those with HTML pages and getting things to validate just didn't work out. So, for now, XHTML 1.0 Strict and Transitional where applicable. I'm looking forward to HTML 5 and its widespread adoption. Until then, I need to appease the developers. I'm on Windows so most everything is XHTML these days.

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All new projects are done with HTML 4.01 Strict with no exceptions. We will however support older applications that were coded using XHTML 1.0.

I don't see that changing anytime soon.

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I usually use HTML 4.01, either Strict or Transitional dependent on the requirements. I have some sites in XHTML 1.0 too. I have no intention of converting any site from one (X)HTML version to another, it's simply a waste of my time. :)

As for HTML5, I won't use it for non-personal sites until the final specification is published - otherwise it's a moving target.

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@pageoneresults

I'm on Windows so most everything is XHTML these days.

What does Windows have to do with it?

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What does Windows have to do with it?

Most of us on Windows are into .NET. If I'm not mistaken, all .NET application development software outputs XHTML. I've battled with various programmers over the years to write HTML 4.01 Strict to no avail. So, I gave in and now write XHTML 1.0 Strict by default.

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all .NET application development software outputs XHTML

Sounds like a defective development environment if you can't configure the IDE to generate whatever DOCTYPE you prefer.