...you forgot to mention that these html
errors are pretty much irrelevant since they don't
interfere with rendering the document in a web browser,
where most people will be using
When Netscape (and later Microsoft) decided that their
browsers were going to be lenient on pages that did not
contain valid HTML, I wonder if they realised what a huge
can of worms they were opening. The vast majority of the
web is now made up of badly constructed pages of invalid
When taken to task on this, the author's generally argue
my that same way as you have, "but it works in both (sic)
browsers" or "I'm not interested in the minority who use
'non-standard' browsers". Leaving aside the fact that
there aren't just two browsers (and that there are many
different versions of even the major two) and also the fact
that there's no way that Netscape or IE can be described as 'standard' with any meaningful use of the term - there are two major flaws in this argument:
- In my experience, it's just as easy to create standard
HTML as it is to create non-standard HTML. This is
particularly true if you're using something like CGI.pm
to create your HTML.
- Maybe now, most of your visitors are coming from Win32
PCs using IE5 or Netscape 4.x, but this situation is
changing fast. The number of people surfing from Linux
boxes is increasing all the time - and they have a much
wider range of browsers to choose from. Also, what about
the growing numbers of people surfing the web using PDAs
or even WAP phones.
There's really no good reason not to produce valid HTML
(or, even better, XHTML) and it will make your site far more
accessible and flexible.
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and the boring jobs bearable" - me
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