Part Two of DevEdge Interview with Mike Davidson of ESPN
Friday March 28th, 2003
Doron Rosenberg wrote in to tell us that Netscape DevEdge have published the second part of their interview with ESPN's Mike Davidson. This final segment covers the more technical details of ESPN's standards-based redesign. Last week's first part is also still available.
they do understand the standards - if you read the article you'll see he knows exactly which bits aren't standards-compliant, and explains why they've chosen not to follow them. and the validator doesn't feel ok either, for the reasons you've just given (which are also in the article)
"I'm sure many people who will be reading this interview favor strict standards-compliance more than we do, but just keep in mind that we are constantly working towards the highest level of compliance possible. It's just that complete compliance often isn't possible without making unacceptable sacrifices. I'd say that if a site is 95% compliant and it uses the other 5% to create a better user experience, then that's just fine."
they take it as a given that they have the presentational stuff, the JS, the flash, etc, and then make the rest as standards-compliant as possible, rather than starting from a point of standards-compliance, and dropping the stuff that can't be done in the real world with standards.