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  • # May 8, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Random question.

    I always use Elliot Jay Stocks Starkers theme to start from when building WordPress themes. The doctype is set for transitional. when i build just xhtml/css sites i usually go with strict.

    Is there a specific reason this theme is set to transitional?

    does it have to do with WP and should you even use strict with WP?

    also, i build the theme in xhtml/css first to make sure its working in browsers before i add wordpress stuff, is it bad to build that in strict and then copy and paste in the chunks to a file thats set for transitional or do i need to build the first stages in transitional also.

    Anybody know?

    # May 8, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    There is absolutely no reason at all not to use a strict doctype with wp and if you go to ‘view source’ on this fine site you will see that Chris is also using strict.

    # May 9, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Yea, No problem using either.

    I’ve seen people use transitional just because it’s "easier" to have a 100% valid page. But as long as you know strict, go for it.

    # May 10, 2009 at 6:49 am

    everything they said is true… lol – if you want your WP theme to have half a chance at validating use transitional – if you love strict and dont mind some validation issues, like me, then go strict :D

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