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Ensuring IE Compatibility with a Correct DocType Definition

For your rotators to function properly in all browsers (especially Internet Explorer), you must have specified a DocType definition at the top of your HTML file.  A DocType definition tells the browser that your page adheres to certain standards, and that it should be rendered in a standards-compliant way.

If you don't already have a DocType definition in your page, you should specify a transitional (X)HTML doctype.  This means that the first line of your page should contain the following code:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">

Be sure that this is the very first line in your file, before the opening <html> tag.  Making this change will ensure that your page (including the rotator) functions properly in all browsers.  If this doesn't solve the problem, the error usually indicates that there's a structural error in the page's code.  To locate and fix the problem, run your page through the W3C validator and correct any reported errors.  If you continue to experience trouble, please contact support and include the URL of your page.

Note: If adding this code to your page breaks the appearance of the page, this indicates that there are other coding errors making your page not standards-compliant.  The proper long-term solution is to fix your page so that it is standards compliant.  However, there is a workaround that allows you to defer these repairs and still display the rotator in your page.  You can learn more here.

Note for Advanced Users: An HTML5 DocType is actually best suited to EasyRotator, but we recommend you start with the above transitional DocType as jumping straight from no DocType to an HTML5 DocType could cause unexpected side-effects.

Want to learn more?  You can read more about what DocTypes are and how to use them in our DocType Introduction article.

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