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Chapter 3. Anatomy of an HTML Document > HTML Document Elements

3.6. HTML Document Elements

Every HTML document should conform to the HTML SGML DTD, the formal Document Type Definition that defines the HTML standard. The DTD defines the tags and syntax that are used to create an HTML document. You can inform the browser which DTD your document complies with by placing a special SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language) command in the first line of the document:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN">


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