Doctype for Html5 and how different it is from Html 4

In this post, I will discuss the DocType for HTML 5 and how the DocType is different in Html5 from Html 4.1.

DocType in Html stands for "Document Type Definition". This should be the first line of text in a valid Html page. The DocType tells the browser what type of document it is and how to process it.

DocType in Html 4.x

Version prior to 5, Html was based on SGML and supported different types of DocTypes. In earlier versions, you could include the DTD and other information in the DocType.

Here is a sample DocType automatically inserted by Visual Studio 2010 when you create an Html page:
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" 

You can see that a reference to the DTD is included in it.

DocType in Html5

Html5 has made the DocType very simple. DTD and other attributes are not required any more. Here is the syntax of DocType in Html5:

<!DocType HTML>

The DocType is not case sensitive. This means, all the following are valid:
<!DocType HTML>


<!doctype html>

Unlike earlier versionsof Html, DocType is a mandatory tag in Html5. DocType should appear before any other tags including the <html> tag.

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Author: Shravan22 Nov 2014 Member Level: Gold   Points : 4

Thanks a lot Tony sir for this wonderful article. You have explained the things really well. I was a bit confused about these things but your article solved all my doubts. Thanks a lot once again for writing and sharing the article.

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