New to CSS but came across a problem + solution that might be of use.
I used Adobe Indesign v2 to make a rough page then hand coded the CSS and HTML to custom design in HotDog. When the page was displayed it proved impossible to block text with the text cursor (everything 'upstream' of the cursor became blocked with a single mouse click). I wanted the facility for visitors to cut and paste text so it was a nuisance. All other aspects of the page were OK.
On investigation Indesign had added the following at the top of the page :
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0//EN"
Modifying this to :
<!--DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0//EN"
solved the problem - so far I think (!?). Perhaps other convertion software does this?
I followed the links you gave. I can see the need for the Doctypes and am willing to go with the conventions but I am used to the tags for notation being <!-- and --> . All the examples on your links are <! and >. Just as an empirical point... my pages with the dashes around the Doctypes work but the ones without the dashes do not (?)
Thanks for the correction on the Doctype tag. The problem may well lie in the way I am treating layers - I would be grateful for any assistance. Below is a link to a (much stripped down) webpage. Blocking parts of the text with the text cursor - i.e. pairs of words for instance - is still difficult. I am using IE6.