The other thing about the standards is that they are incremental. No website should rely solely on any feature which isn't in base HTML. A site which is extra-flashy and wonderful-good in MSIE 5 should be at least usable in Lynx (which is about as minimal of an HTML processor as you can get). It doesn't have to be pretty and flashy and such, but it needs to at least be navigable!
Also, not everyone uses a mouse. HTML doesn't specify a mouse. Not everyone even uses a monitor. I find it disgusting that Korg, a fucking synthesizer manufacturer, deems it necessary to have so much visual flash that even with a browser which doesn't choke on their site that blind people wouldn't have any chance of finding out about their products. (Yes, blind people use synthesizers too. Ever heard of Stevie Wonder?) And anyway, their site is ultra-flashy for no good reason. A few days ago I just wanted to find out something about their new Karma synth workstation, and even after I bent over backwards to get the site working (i.e. navigable) I still couldn't actually find any of the information I wanted on it because the site was so fucking confusing to navigate!
Websites must be designed to gracefully degrade; no single feature which isn't in base HTML should be assumed to be present! I can't reiterate this enough - I am perfectly fine, fine, FINE with people using advanced features - but don't rely on them!
"Is not a quine" is not a quine.
I have a master's degree in science!
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