Don’t stop advocating best practices
If you look at the Web now and compare it to the Web of a few years ago, you will find that a larger number of websites make proper use of Web standards now than back then. However, the markup used on the majority of sites produced in the year 2006 is not very different from what I used to use back in 1998. In some cases it’s even worse (I used my last font tags in 1998).
In light of the appalling code quality that still plagues most websites out there, it is beyond my understanding how some people can say that we don’t need more talking and writing about Web standards. That there is no need for further advocacy, helpful tutorials, and explanatory articles or books. I’d love for that to be true, don’t get me wrong, but we still have years to go before we get there.
This has been on my mind for a while, so when I was asked to write an article for Vitamin, I felt that it would make for an interesting subject. The resulting article, Why standards still matter, was published today. Hope you like it.
It’s good to know that I’m not the only web professional to be of this opinion. Robert Nyman’s article The web standards war is far from over, also published today, contains the same message: keep sharing your knowledge.