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Google allows you to select HTML/PDA/XHTML formats

Cow [PersonRank 2]

Thursday, June 29, 2006
15 years ago3,358 views

I spotted this on the Google Preferences page this morning but only in Opera. I couldn't see it in Firefox or Exploder.

Between "SafeSearch Filtering" and "Number of Results" there is an extra option

Display Google web pages in:
[x] HTML (default)
[ ] PDA
[ ] XHTML

Screenshot at


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I'm not sure whether this is a new option or whether it's been around for a while – I don't recall it being mentioned anywhere.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

I'm guessing that's pretty new – and maybe even only a limited test as I'm not seeing those options no matter whether I visit the Google.com or Google.co.uk site...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Can't see it either. Weird, to let a user select between XHTML and HTML. I mean that's a choice X/HTML experts with years of experience still fight about. I think users want "whatever works" without caring for underlying technologies.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Ah – just re-read your post...

<< only in Opera. I couldn't see it in Firefox or Exploder. >>

Same here. I can see it in Opera too. I thought it could be because Opera specifically sends the following "Accept" HTTP headers:

application/xml
application/xhtml+xml

However, Firefox also does this but those options still don't appear.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Google referrs to xhtlm as the output for mobile phones.

google.com/xhtml
google.com/pda

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Google doesn't really get web standards :D

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Yes, they do.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//WAPFORUM//DTD XHTML Mobile 1.0//EN" " wapforum.org/DTD/xhtml-mobile1 ...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

No, I think they don't:
- they imply "XHTML" must be mobile, which is plain wrong
- the Google homepage doesn't use any kind of doctype
- Google Images doesn't use a doctype, etc.
- the Google Personalized Homepage forces developers into quirks mode for their gadgets
- Google often creates separate mobile sites instead of making the original site accessible based on the W3C's Web Accessibility Guidelines
- Google often uses some of the most deprecated HTML around, like font tags on Google.com
- etc.

Art-One [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

It's very hard to comply with standards all to gether I think. I've tried it to do for sometimes on some websites I made, but from the moment you want to integrate something else, compliance is very fast gone. (c.f. your ask campaign)

I'm a very hard supporter of standards though but it's realistic to see that Utopia is sometimes very hard to reach...

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