After two days of commotion regarding the Internet Explorer team’s decision to include a standards opt‐in in the next version of their browser, Mozilla’s John Resig has noticed something rather important in an exchange on IE’s Chris Wilson’s blog; namely:
What that means is, if you use the (very simple) HTML 5 DOCTYPE in your documents:
Your browser will automatically render in standards mode. Even IE8. The
META switch will only be required for pages using currently existing DOCTYPEs.
That’s good news. Even better news is that all modern browsers (and IE6) support the HTML 5 DOCTYPE and so you can start using it today if you wish. The only slight downside is that the W3C’s Validator doesn’t recognise it, and so will report that your pages are invalid.
I think it’s perhaps too early to start using this already, but it’s good to know that the option is there; and, as John says, it would have saved a lot of frazzled nerves if the IE team had made this clearer upfront.