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which doctype to use?? and one other

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this is my first page so i'm terribly lost on which doctype to use, i'm
hoping there's a basic type that doesn't require hours of research
i had been using,
<!DOCTYPE html
PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
<!-- -->
but that stopped working and now can't seem to find one that works
it also started invoking the post - action, even when the validation is
returning false?? that is really weird

with different doc types it then asks for a coding reference?
its a pretty basic page, with a medium size form

and this code seems to work fine in the page but the validator has it pegged
as an error, i was hoping to use jscript to avoid all the coding for dates
it seemed an easy way to build a larger select list
year* <SELECT size=1 name="dobYYYY">
<script type="text/javascript">
d = new Date();
var year = d.getFullYear();
year = parseFloat(year);
for (i = year; i > (year - 80) ; i--) {
document.write("<OPTION> " + i);

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thanks for the help, i will have to try it but am guessing if i execute the
javascript, runat=server,
the actual html will be generated at the server, so the 'completed' page
will be delivered to the
client browser and thanks for the short cut tip on the date
"Dr John Stockton" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
news:A3BMBeFYnPN$Ew$(E-Mail Removed)...
> JRS: In article <ZKXYa.67820$(E-Mail Removed) >, seen
> in news:comp.lang.javascript, bbxrider <(E-Mail Removed)> posted at
> Sat, 9 Aug 2003 01:02:49 :-
> >d = new Date();
> >var year = d.getFullYear();
> >year = parseFloat(year);

> parseFloat() serves no useful purpose there.
> You could use
> year = new Date().getFullYear()
> or
> year = (D=new Date()).getFullYear()
> --
> John Stockton, Surrey, UK. ? Turnpike v4.00 IE

> <URL:> Jim Ley's FAQ for

> <URL:> JS maths, dates,

> <URL:> TP/BP/Delphi/JS/&c., FAQ topics,


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