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Web Site >> Microsoft and Standards

Why worry about web standards?


Today, ZNet news (http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-5813897.html?tag=nl.e589) posted an article quoting Microsoft concerning web standards for the new IE7 browser.  The article quotes a Microsoft spokesman as follows:

"We will not pass this test when IE7 ships," Chris Wilson, lead program manager for the Web platform in IE, wrote in the IE blog. "We fully recognize that IE is behind the game today in CSS support. We've dug through the Acid2 test and analyzed IE's problems with the test in some great detail, and we've made sure the bugs and features are on our list--however, there are some fairly large and difficult features to implement, and they will not all sort to the top of the stack in IE7."

In an earlier post, I commented on the fact that many of the pages posted on this site will not validate for a variety of reasons listed therein.  I also commented about the frustration of attempting to convert this site to a totally CSS format when a) most of the old pages used tables for positioning and b) most modern examples still use pages for positioning, not to mention c) most Dreamweaver extensions still use tables for positioning and layout even though they are "style sheet friendly."

To a non-professional this is all very frustrating.  Most of the world uses Internet Explorer.  Even though the purists of the technical world may prefer Firefox and total CSS web sites, if one views the world from the position of desiring the most people to receive the information being conveyed from the site, one must a) recognize that most of you, the readers and users, do not even know or understand CSS or HTML, and b) my real goal is to help you in your Christian growth rather than worry about standards compliance. 

If I worked as a full time web developer or worked for an employer who had a particular concern about standards, this might all be different, but for those in the geek world, this site will probably never be standards compliant, at least until Microsoft Internet Explorer becomes standard compliant.  I just would rather use the time writing about theology and Jesus than be trying to figure out an IE7 "hack."

Jim A.

 

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