HTML <!DOCTYPE> Declaration Guide

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Each HTML document must begin with a document type declaration that declares which version of HTML the document is written in. You must add <!DOCTYPE> declaration in your HTML document before the <html> tag.

Example:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<title>Document Title</title>
</head>
<body>
</body>
</html>

The DOCTYPE declaration must be exact both in spelling and in case to have the desired effect which makes it sometimes difficult. You can see a list of common doctype declarations that you can use in your Web documents.

Common DOCTYPE Declarations

In the following, you will find a list of common DocType declaration that have been used on the Web.

HTML 5

<!DOCTYPE html>

HTML 4.01 Strict

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN"
"http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd">

HTML 4.01 Transitional

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
"http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">

HTML 4.01 Frameset

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Frameset//EN"
"http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/frameset.dtd">

XHTML 1.0 Strict

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
"http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">

XHTML 1.0 Transitional

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
"http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">

XHTML 1.0 Frameset

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Frameset//EN"
"http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-frameset.dtd">

XHTML 1.1

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.1//EN"
"http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml11/DTD/xhtml11.dtd">