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Chapter Eleven. Working with Browsers Pa... > A Switch to Turn Standards On or Off

A Switch to Turn Standards On or Off

Even before Netscape and Microsoft agreed to build browsers that supported standards more accurately and completely, an unsung hero had solved the problem of gently handling sites built with noncompliant methods. That hero was user interface technologist Todd Fahrner, a contributor to the W3C's CSS and HTML working groups and cofounder of The Web Standards project. You will find Fahrner's name scattered about the pages of this book, and you will also find it in this book's index if the indexers have done their job.

In early 1998, on an obscure W3C mailing list (all W3C mailing lists are fairly obscure, of course, but the adjective lends a certain mystique to our story), Fahrner proposed that browser makers incorporate a switching mechanism capable of toggling standards-compliant rendering on or off. He suggested that the presence or absence of a DOCTYPE be used as the on/off switch.


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