[thelist] how does XHTML/CSS separate content from design mor e than using nested tables and the like?

fstorr fffrancis at fstorr.demon.co.uk
Fri May 10 01:20:01 CDT 2002

True enough.  In fact I would argue that for most sites the answer is
"not much", and even for those sites that it does matter, does it matter
more than having an accessible, standard site which will then encourage
the losers^H^H^H^H^H^Hstubborn users still using NN4 to finally upgrade?

Hmmmm, interesting point.  Although the private individual should
obviously be encouraged to upgrade their browsers, there are a huge
amount of business and institutions that can't, for whatever reason,
update their borwsers at the drop of a hat.  For example, I work for a
large company (about 2,000 employees) and we run IE5 for our intranet.
Now, believe me, I'd dearly love to upgrade to IE6 but the costs
involved for the company outweigh the benefits.  As far as the company
is concerned, probably 90% of their staff do not have access to the web,
only the company intranet, so it is hardly a priority.  It makes
development a real pain sometimes but that's life.  Apparently our
parent company, for whatever reason, uses NN4 and they have a ridiculous
amount of employees spread over many countries.  Again, as the vast
majority of them only have access to their intranet, the large cost of
upgrading all their employees PC's to NS6.2 or whatever, probably
couldn't be justified in the short term.

And then we move on to public institutions such as schools and
libraries.  Again, it's all down to money.  They don't have much of it.

I, like probably everyone here, look forward to the time when NN4, IE5
etc are banished to the depths of wherever, but it's going to be a long
time coming.


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