I started this site almost 20 years ago and switched to web standards a decade later. The web was a completely different beast back then, where organizations such as the Web Standards Project (WaSP) were needed to bring order to chaos.
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Bruce Lawson is one of my favorite technical speakers, and it was great to see him at @media conference in London. A few days ago he wrote HTML5 Semantics which gives a nice round-up of the state of semantics in November 2011. A great read even if you’re already fluent with semantics.
Do you remember a thing called Dreamweaver? A decade ago it was a popular tool for building web sites, or rather creating something that remotely resembled web sites since the produced markup was worse than a pile of garbage.
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 often experience a gap between the drag-n-drop ASP.NET cowboys of Visual Studio and standards-aware CSS developers. The cowboys produce fast results in a fire-and-forget environment and couldn’t care less for the quality of the HTML output, which in turn drives the standardistas insane.
While people are struggling with understanding most of .NET Framework 2.0, the confusingly named .NET 3.0 came along and added interesting stuff to the never ending pile of things to read. Well, it doesn’t stop there. You think that Web 2.0 is hotter than Scarlett in a burning Sambuca? Well, I got news for you.
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.
Recently the CSS Naked Day was held on the net. A lot of sites in the blogosphere were intentionally stripped of their style clothes, revealing the markup behind it. But I still hear a lot of people in the business who haven’t grasped one of the most fundamental aspects of modern web design: separating structure and presentation.
Yesterday, Microsoft released a beta of the Vista OS (previously known as Longhorn), and with it came something perhaps even more interesting: the first public beta version of IE7. Since the success story known as Firefox began to roam and roll over the territories once owned by landlord Microsoft, the guys at Redmond woke up and started to mention tidbits such as tabs, RSS and increased CSS support for the upcoming version. Now that it’s here, let’s have a look.
Today there was an announcement from Bill Gates that the next version of Internet Explorer would not wait for the release of Longhorn. For me, this was kind of unexpected, judging from the previous Microsoft stand. Perhaps the sound of the Firefox download avalanche reached even the soundproof mansions at Redmond?
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