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Replace HTML4 doctype declaration

From: Gavin Smith
Subject: Replace HTML4 doctype declaration
Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2021 15:46:20 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.9.4 (2018-02-28)

On Fri, Dec 17, 2021 at 09:08:24AM +0900, Jean-Christophe Helary wrote:
> Is there a place *now* where HTML4 is a requirement ? HTML5 is the only 
> *current* standard and does not specifically target web applications.

We output HTML4 to get some flexibility in the output, but I am not sure
how useful the HTML4 doctype declaration is any more and perhaps we should
switch to the simpler HTML5 "<!DOCTYPE html>" header.  It looks like we are
trying to conform to a standard that nobody cares about anymore.

Does anybody object if I go and change texi2any to output this instead of
the HTML4 Transitional doctype?

As far as I remember the main difference is the use of the <tt> tag which
has been removed from the standard, but I am sure there are other usages
too.  It will have been discussed on this list before.

The GNU project's attitude to standards applies here:


"The GNU Project regards standards published by other organizations
as suggestions, not orders. We consider those standards, but we do
not “obey” them. "

It is *practical* issues that we care about for versions of HTML, not
what some standard demands or whatever is supposed to be "more modern".

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