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10/6/2014 11:01 AM

I'll admit straight up that I've also asked this on Stack Overflow. Here's the deal:

I'm trying to set the doctype for my Skin to the html5 <!doctype html> doctype. However, I want to prevent the need to have to remember to do this for each variant I create. That is, my current structure was:


With the latter containing the contents:

<SkinDocType><![CDATA[<!DOCTYPE html>]]></SkinDocType>

Now I want to create more ascx layouts, without having to remember to create a doctype file. So I followed DNN instructions I found here and here, creating this structure:

_default\Skins\MySkin\Default.doctype.ascx (A)
_default\Skins\MySkin\MySkin.doctype.ascx (B)
_default\Skins\MySkin\MySkindoctype.ascx (C)

But none of them worked. I had (A) there as my gut-feeling attempt, option (B) from my first time reading the first bit of linked documentation, and (C) from the second time reading the documentation. However, none of them worked...

Of course I can repeat the doctype file for each view, but I'm bound to forget that one day. Is there a way to set the doctype once for all views in my skin?

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10/6/2014 6:37 PM

You have to create an XML file for each ascx control e.g.  ...\TwoColumnLayout.doctype.xml with this code insert:

Please check out the sourcecode on for the Content of the xxx.doctipye.xml

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10/7/2014 2:44 AM

Thank you for taking the time to answer.

What you're suggesting is exactly what I'm doing currently. My question was about how to avoid having to create a doctype file for each layout. Or was your suggestion meant as confirmation that it's impossible to do set the doctype only once for all layouts at the skin level?

In the mean time, let me also share the workaround that was offered on Stack Overflow by user Joe Craig:

> You can set a "fallback" doctype which will be used if none is specified. you can find this setting at:

> Host Settings > Basic Settings tab > Appearance section > "Fallback Skin Doctype" (the last setting)

As all my portals use the same skin I ended up using that workaround.

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10/7/2014 3:31 AM

There are 2 alternatives.

1. You can set the fallback doctype for your DNN install under Host  > Host Settings > Basic Settings > Host Details > Fallback Skin Doctype
Should default to HTML 5 for new installs. But obviously not very portable and a risk when there are multiple portals.

 2. You can also download & Install our

And add this to your skin.ascx files:

<%@ Register TagPrefix="fortyfingers" TagName="STYLEHELPER" Src="~/DesktopModules/40Fingers/SkinObjects/StyleHelper/StyleHelper.ascx" %> <fortyfingers:STYLEHELPER id="FFSH1" doctype="html 5" runat="server" />

 This sets the doctype from the ascx file (which is what I prefer)

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10/7/2014 7:34 AM
Accepted Answer 

Thanks Timo for also taking some time to answer.

The first solution is the same workaround mentioned on Stack Overflow, and I'll be using that as all my portals will have the same skin.

The Stylehelper you mention/created does seem like a nice helpful tool. For the doctype issue it will not solve my problem though: I'd still have to set the doctype for every ascx.

In conclusion, it seems the answer is that:

  • Set the doctype host-wide: possible, via abovementioned setting.
  • Set the doctype skin-wide: impossible.
  • Set the doctype per ascx: possible with a .doctype.xml file or the Stylehelper.
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