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Betrayed by the Standards

Mark Pilgrim has finally gone over the edge… and I can see why. His latest post, Semantic obsolescence, paints a pretty bleak picture of “forward compatibility” markup.

The thing is, I can’t tell if he’s joking or not. It’s not April fools, and he seems pretty upset, but it’s only markup… and a spec that has yet to see the light of a browser implementation. I really doubt that he’d actually fall back to HTML 4.

I’ll admit that his arguments seem pretty sound, and if I was anywhere close to following the standards as well as he does, I’d be pretty pissed off too.

I’ve been reading Mark’s weblog for a couple of months now, and I consider him my markup hero. Sure there are others, most of who I found out through links off of Mark’s site, but I keep reading [Dive Into Mark] because his writing is always interesting and he just makes the most sense to me.

You can bet that there are going to be a lot of conversations about his latest rant. I’m sure it will be on the top of DayPop before morning if it’s not already.

Originally published on Monday January 13, 2003 at 11:37 pm

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