After a little bit of confusion and much tweaking to the file and brain alike I have managed to convert my ( irrelevant links ) page into Strict XHTML 1.0 that parses! My first DTD-valid page!! Yippee!!!

(…something curious has happened to the borders on my javascript drop-down menu and the little dancing troll picture of me next to the heading has slipped in it’s alignment – but the page parses!!)