XHTML was the new black a decade ago and a lot of loud people said it was the best thing since sliced bread. Even though it wasn’t half bad, it had one important culprit: it was allowed to be served as text/html instead of only application/xml. There are many reasons for that design, the main one being that Internet Explorer doesn’t support application/xml which would break the web for most people.
Posts in category ”Web standards”
Some time ago a bunch of newspapers demanded to get a higher search rank from Google. The reason was that they didn’t master even the simplest of SEO (search engine optimization) skills and thus wanted to be given a free-ride in pagerank. Nice try, insert coin.
There has been a lot of buzz lately regarding validation and accessibility. The W3C validator is a classic tool for validating your site, but some accessibility issues are harder to detect. NetRelations has now released the Inspector for public use.
Flash and similar techniques have always been a problem when it comes to search engine optimization, since the robots don’t know how to index the binary files. Google recently announced that their search algorithm has been expanded to use Adobe’s searchable library, enabling a crude form of Flash indexing.
The standardistas of the world often take a beating, but this time we got reinforcements by the most unlikely ally imaginable: say welcome to the Poetic Prophet a k a the SEO Rapper. This is not an April’s fool joke, but a rap artist singing about web standards and search engine optimization. My jaw is still firmly on the floor. I love this guy.
About a year ago, a friend asked me how Microsoft would obtain world domination with Silverlight, since almost everyone already have Flash installed and Silverlight is yet another browser plugin. The answer was as simple as horrifying: Windows Update. There is no need to worry about such things as user preferences when you control the operating system.
The IE team has been taking crap from pretty much everybody for uncountable years. Despite several CSS improvements, the feature list of IE7 was a disappointment to many people and there has been silence for a whole year since then. But suddenly something stirs in the wind: Dean Hachamovich announced that IE8 passes Acid2 test. Consider it an early X-mas gift.
Ten years ago, the Browser Wars raged. The new millennium tried to start fresh but it was actually the medieval period of web coding: nested table layout, spacer gifs, presentational markup and other atrocities. Then there was Zeldman.
I just read an article entitled Top blogs fail W3C Markup Validation. While the result doesn’t come as a surprise at all, it is still terrifying to see it confirmed once again. But I fail to understand why I have to see these reports appear year after year. Validation is not rocket science.
I think there is more than enough of acronyms out there, but one cannot deny the power of monikers when it comes to bringing a technology into mainstream focus. XMLHttpRequest was invented in 1998 but very few knew about it. Seven years later, Jesse James Garrett came up with the name Ajax and suddenly every marketing department was screaming for it.