welcome to part 2 of the new series, how to redesign a site with less code, keeping structure, behaviour and presentation strictly seperate. First we will start with a clean xhtml 1.0 document, like the one beneath the fold...

< !DOCTYPE html
PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
"DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">

This way, we let browsers know how we want our code to be interpreted. Look doctype up with google and see what you can find...

Come on you, go and look it up, I'll wait...

Back allready, good. We will move on, now that you know what doctypes are and what they do, we'll set up the rest of the document.