if everybody thought like that we would be all still writing on stone.
There is a difference between evolution of technology and the want to integrate things. This is more a situation of "if it ain't broken, don't fix it" and perhaps KISS as well.
uhm... can you tell me the address of perlmonks you are using? seems promising =)
If there is no need to download an extra kilobyte or five of jQuery statements or huge CSS3 files, then why should we? The layout as it is now works fine.
well, I partly agree that some pages are just overkill. but usually the referenced stylsheets/js are only loaded once and then read from the cache for a certain amount of time, or the server just returns a 304 not modified.
And yet, much of it won't work on older browsers or hardware. Yes you can make it efficient and yes you can return 304, but that won't change the awkward-looking layout on my PSP.
nowhere did the OP talk about like buttons and the other stuff! let me quote him: "Less visual clutter". you're carrying away the OP's concern to something he never intended.
They're bound to be worked in someway, somehow, someday. I want you to look at some sites from the past in comparison to now.
I believe that the source code to life is written in Perl :-)
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