Failed redesigns: Use web standards or don’t bother redesigning
Joe Clark has definitely taken his gloves off in the article Failed Redesigns, a call for people in the web industry to expose the incompetence that is so widespread within it:
A failed redesign is a Web page created from scratch, or substantially updated, during the era of Web standards that nonetheless ignores or misuses those standards. A failed redesign pretends that valid code and accessibility guidelines do not exist; it pretends that the 21st century is frozen in the amber of the year 1999. It indicates not merely unprofessional Web-development practices but outright incompetence. For if you are producing tag-soup code and using tables for layout in the 21st century, that’s what you are: Incompetent.
I agree fully, as most people who have been following this site for a while will be well aware of. The incompetent people need upgrade their skills or get kicked out of the industry.
After the hard-hitting intro Joe goes on to analyse a few of the failed redesigns of 2005, noting how they have failed. These examples of incompetent web development would be quite entertaining if the non-professionalism they display wasn’t so ubiquitous.
Are you aware of more failed redesigns during 2005? Of course you are. Joe suggests writing about them and using the tag failed redesigns to make these failures easier to keep track of. Feel free to post your nominations here if you can’t or won’t post them elsewhere.
Update: Tantek Çelik has posted some comments on Joe’s article at The Web Standards Project.