This just doesn't make sense.
How 'bout ANSI C - does that make sense or do you go out of your way to use a non conforming compiler?
Upgrading your browser isn't going to help when webmasters continue to use non-standard code
and the browsers continue to fail to either enforce or support complete proper code.
Well, the point is to upgrade to conforming browsers that do support proper code.
Instead of saturating them with useless Flash, DHTML and all sorts of whiz-bang java,
If designers didnt have to continually muck about with multiple dom versions, maybe they would have more time to devote to actual content. If designers didnt have to fill pages with font tags, with tables, with placement gifs, maybe pages would download and render that much faster. Everyone wins here.
Web designers, as a whole, are one of the biggest "who cares if we should do it -- let's do it because we can" crowd I've ever seen.
That is an unfair categorization of professional designers who understand full well that design is subordinate to, and exists only for, the presentation of _content_ in the clearest most functional manner. Designs that make you think "cool" just before you back out and never revisit the site are judged failures by professional designers.
If there was an HTML tag to check your refrigerator's temperature, 80% of the websites would check your refrigerator's temperature, just because "they can".
Forget about <fridgeTemp> tags, just give us a working css and dom that works across all browsers.
I support Zeldman's initiative. I can commiserate with people who feel put upon to upgrade from legacy software but, by the same token, those people have precisely zero cause for complaint when designers feel put upon to support broken software.
The browser wars are over, the w3c standards and recommendations have won. They are complete, comprehensive and supported (more or less) by at least one browser in every platform.
The only thing that is "Really silly" here is people who resist free, working software. "Yeah but I have a 386 with only 4 megs of ram." Cool. But not a reason to marginalize the other 99.99% of the web audience.
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