MVC 3 Razor View Engine - Script Blocks Appear Before DOCTYPE

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I have a very strange problem. I have migrated my views from Webforms view engine to Razor. I am finding now that when the html for my page is rendered, it doesn't render the DOCTYPE at the top (as it should), but rather renders some javascript script blocks before the DOCTYPE tag. I have no clue what is causing this. The result it that the browser displays the page in Quirks mode. This manifests by my font-size in my tables not conforming to the font-size set for the body tag.

I must also mention that I am using Telerik MVC extensions version 2011Q1.

Below is a portion of the page source from the beginning of the html page to the end of the head tag. Any help on why this is happening will be appreciated.

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Okay. I have resolved the problem. It is, in fact, a Telerik related issue. The issue is as follows:

In my layout view, my migrated razor view engine script registrar code looked as follows:

@{Html.Telerik().ScriptRegistrar()
       .Globalization(true)
       .DefaultGroup(g => g.Combined(true).Compress(true))
       .Render();
       }

This is a code block approach and results in the javascript script blocks being rendered right at the beginning of the page source before the DOCTYPE declaration, thus causing the browser to go into quirks mode (uggglllyyy!).

So, I changed the Telerik code in my layout view to the following:

@(Html.Telerik().ScriptRegistrar()
       .Globalization(true)
       .DefaultGroup(g => g.Combined(true).Compress(true))
)

The script blocks now correctly get rendered at the end of the page source and the browser no longer operates in quirks mode.

I really hope this can help other developers.