[development] Administration Survey: Theme improvements, theme help system, theme mailing list

Tim Altman web at timaltman.com
Thu Dec 1 17:02:20 UTC 2005

On Thu, 01 Dec 2005 17:44:52 +0100, Kieran Lal <kieran at civicspacelabs.org>  

> On Dec 1, 2005, at 8:05 AM, Andre Molnar wrote:
>> Kieran Lal wrote:
>>> On Dec 1, 2005, at 7:40 AM, andre wrote:
>>>> Notwithstanding the 'potential' problems with sending xhtml as  
>>>> text/html - see: http://www.hixie.ch/advocacy/xhtml (or google for  
>>>> similar documents) - the idea is to encourage the creation of valid  
>>>> markup - and have all markup passed through a validator first (which  
>>>> eliminates the 'real' problems).
>>>> On that note - it might be a good idea to include links to pages  
>>>> like: http://www.hixie.ch/advocacy/xhtml part of the best practices  
>>>> documentation.
>>> Can we resolve these issues and make solid recommendations I can  
>>> include in the documentation?
>> IMHO the solid recommendation is -
>> Make sure to include a doc type declaration in your theme.
> Can you give a basic explanation of doc types, with appropriate link,   
> and where this is defined in the theme?

http://www.htmlhelp.org/tools/validator/doctype.html and  
http://www.w3.org/QA/2002/04/valid-dtd-list.html should help.


>> Include links to http://www.w3.org/QA/Tools/#validators and optionally  
>> information about XHTML so theme developers can make an informed  
>> decision when choosing their doc type.
> I have these two.  I think that is enough.  What do you think?
> # Before you start modifying your CSS to fix your bugs it is important  
> to ensure you are styling valid HTML or XHTML. There is a web validator  
> is built into the Firefox Web Developer toolbar.

Opera also has validation built in without needing an extension.  Just  
press Ctrl+Alt+V.

Tim Altman

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