Entries with tag ”w3c”
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.
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.
Every once in a while, there comes a news item that really stir the blogosphere. Recently Microsoft announced in the article Compatibility and IE8 that the upcoming 8th version of Internet Explorer will feature a special meta element, which will trigger the standards mode. It will look something like this:
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.
Things have really hit the fan this past week. It all started with Björn Höhrmann leaving the W3C with an open letter, soon followed by an angry reaction by none other than Jeffrey Zeldman and then the snowball really took off. W3C was further questioned by Eric Meyer in Angry Indeed and even Molly played both sides.