This is an often raised issue, and ive never seen any 'clean' decision either way. The issue is that basically (yes, im exagerating) two types of people coding for the net. Theres the first type that feels that its their job to get everything to the consumer. These are the people that only use html 3.0 and use 5000 tables to it looks exactly the same all the way from ns3.0
The 'obvious' answer is a compromise here. Or is it? And where should the compromise be?
My personal view is that our coding should standard compliant, and if that breaks in some crappy browser (*cough* ns4.7 *cough), then too bad. If we continue to 'code down' to crappy products, the internet will still be stuck in the table hell it is now. Also my examples were mostly html vs css type things, but i feel it has relevance as to what you can use perl to do, such as the recent conversations on using session ids with and without cookies and so forth. If everyone had cookies enabled, then this would be fairly simple i would think. Comments? Opinions? (just stop down voting me already, i dont need more nodes in the 'worst nodes of the week' category)