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Zeldman Speaks the Truth

This interview with zeldman includes a statement I’ve been trying to get out to many people I work with and/or for. I just haven’t been able to put it together as nicely as zeldman has.

“Clients need to realize that they can reach everybody, but they must stop thinking of the web as if it were a printed brochure. If the site must look exactly the same in IE3 and Netscape 6, I can’t provide the functionality my client needs, or else I’ll have to bill for seven or eight different versions of the site, most of which will be obsolete within a year or two.

On the other hand, if the site has to work for everyone but it’s understood that it won’t look exactly the same in every browser, I can stop using multiply nested tables to ensure that Netscape 3 has the same “attractive” border that shows up in IE5.5, and I can concentrate on content, design, functionality, and accessibility instead of stupid browser hacks. The client gets a better site that reaches more people and more devices for the same amount of money. “

Originally published on Wednesday March 7, 2001 at 10:36 am

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