Using xhtml strict or html5 for the web gui ?

Michael Tremer michael.tremer at
Wed Feb 12 20:14:24 CET 2014

Hi Alf,

indeed the quality of the generated HTML of the CGI scripts is a mess.

That is one of the main reasons, why we decided to ditch the webUI as it
is now and rewrite it from scratch in IPFire 3 in Python.

The new theme that comes with IPFire 2.15 (next branch) comes with the
HTML5 doctype and a lot of code has been improved, but I think we are
still far away from valid output.
I would welcome any patches that fix the generated HTML, but I don't
think that someone should put too much effort in it and rewrite bigger
chunks of code.


On Tue, 2014-02-11 at 19:26 +0100, Alf Høgemark wrote:
> Hi
> I was trying to validate the html pages of the web GUI of Ipfire.
> Although having pages that passes a validator is not absolutely 
> requried, I think it makes styling easier, and it makes
> good sense to make sure table cells and rows are properly closed etc 
> etc. It is a kind of indicator of code quality.
> I then noticed that the ipfire web GUI is using the doctype for xhtml 
> strict.
> But the actual html itself seems to be a bit old style, with lots of 
> align, valign attributes on tags, which will not validate
> as xhtml, even if all the tags are properly closed.
> Have you considered going for "html5" doctype ?
> Using html5, I think it would require a lot less cleanup to make the 
> pages validate.
> And when a page validates, it makes it easier to test the page using a 
> validator after you make code changes, to make sure it still validates.
> Regards
> Alf Høgemark
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