Standards Ignored as Developers Target IE

Monday July 8th, 2002

Dave Hodder writes: "CNET has a story entitled Sites bow to Microsoft's browser king covering how Mozilla and other browsers are locked out because of web builders not supporting proper standards. It mentions Netscape/Mozilla standards evangelism and has some good quotes from Mitchell Baker, including the conclusion: 'What we're seeing with Web sites that are viewable only with IE is the privatization of the Web.'"

#24 re consistency

by jilles

Tuesday July 9th, 2002 11:54 AM

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Maybe webdevelopers don't care about the future but need their sites to work today with the crappy browsers that completely dominate the market now.

I'm not saying that IE is somehow better than the w3c standards. I'm just saying that both are crap and that developers develop for a mostly IE dominated world where w3c standards don't really mean much. Given such a context it is pretty understandable that web developers mostly ignore w3c standards and go for what actually works in their browsers and tools. Telling such developers that they are idiots, that they should abandon their tools and bow to the holy w3c is IMHO pretty unproductive.

The way out is not being religious about the w3c standards but being pragmatic. Web developers need toolsupport for what they do, if these tools stay within the standards, a large part of the problem goes away. Dreamweaver for instance is on the right track with (some) support for XHTML and a more or less working validator.