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What is this DOCTYPE good for?
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Question:What is the purpose of the <!DOCTYPE ..> tag in HTML pages and what should I put in there?
Answer:The <!DOCTYPE ..> tag is a special declaration in the very first line of your webpage, it comes even before the <HTML> tag. This tag informs a validator tool what rules to use when it has to validate your page. Newer browsers (IE 6+, Mozilla, NS6+, Opera, IE 5+ on Mac) use this setting to determine whether to display your page in 'Quirks' or 'Standards' mode.
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