[thelist] Standards advice

Tom Mallon tom at tmallon.com
Sat Jan 4 09:09:01 CST 2003

Hi Dave,

I, too, am amazed that so many major sites to bnot make an effort to
use the new standards!  I believe that part of the problem is that W3C
expects that new browsers will support everything back to html2.  While
it is cool to be backwards compatible- there is no real incentive to
move ahead.  My only New Years resolution is to make all my pages xhtml
and use CSS every day!

Tom Mallon

> > I have noticed that many large scale commercial sites such as
> > yahoo and amazon do not use more modern standards such as
> > XHTML and never in fact specify doctypes.
> >
> > I am assuming that this is to botch the browser into a sort
> > of version 4 mode which they know will work on most platforms
> >
> > Should I go for this route for maximum compatibility or stick
> > to XHTML?
> Here's a good article from A List Apart:
> http://www.alistapart.com/stories/netscape/
> Also, see www.MACCAWS.org (Making A Commercial Case for the Adoption
> Web Standards).
> Two very good pro-standards resources.
> HTH,
> David Bindel
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