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Optional Closing Tags in HTML

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#1 Bodyag

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Posted 10 March 2007 - 03:08 PM

For as long as I've been validating web pages, I never realized that the closing </head> tag was optional in HTML. I feel as if I've missed the boat at times. ;)

While I'm all for trimming excess code, I just cannot for the life of me strip out closing tags because they are optional in HTML. I'd be concerned that something, somewhere would not parse the document correctly if I removed the closing </head> element.

Are my concerns unfounded?
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#2 Guest_Jordan_*

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Posted 11 March 2007 - 01:09 AM

I could never intentionally leave out a closing </head> tag. While I do not know the repercussions, it doesn't seem like good coding standards to follow. As I understand, mobile compliances (such as PAD phones) need closing tags in order to display correctly.
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#3 Void

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Posted 11 March 2007 - 10:20 AM

I agree, not using these tags is bad design IMO.
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